Poll: Pa. residents think tax increase is coming

   December 16, 2014 1:31 pm

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians believe a state income or sale tax increase is likely. That’s one of the key responses from the results of a statewide poll on election results, online gaming and tax increases. The poll was conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute and sponsored by Trib Total Media. More poll information can be…

Wolf names Hanger to staff

   December 10, 2014 1:56 pm

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf now has two former Democratic gubernatorial candidates on his team. Wolf announced today that John Hanger, who ran for governor before dropping out of the race before the spring primary, will serve as his secretary of planning and policy. Hanger served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2008…

Wolf to cap Inaugural Committee donations

   December 10, 2014 11:26 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said he is committed to transparency. So far, so good. Wolf said he will disclose all funding sources over $500 for his Inaugural Committee at www.wolfinauguration.com. There will be two disclosure dates: Jan. 15 and March 30. Also, Wolf will cap all donations for his Inaugural Committee at $50,000. Wolf’s inauguration is…

Wolf to meet with Obama on economy

   December 5, 2014 8:32 am

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and six other governors elect will visit the White House today. Wolf and the other incoming governors will meet with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and several cabinet officials, according to Wolf’s spokesman, Jeff Sheridan. Their talk will focus on the economy. Wolf is the only Democrat among the soon-to-be governors meeting…

Wiley says there are solutions to budget crunch

   December 2, 2014 4:08 pm

State Sen. Sean Wiley is bracing for a tough budget message Wednesday from the Tom Corbett administration. Wiley said he expects Budget Secretary Charles Zogby, in a mid-year budget briefing, to announce a projected deficit of $2 billion by the end of the state’s fiscal year. That will mean some tough decisions for the GOP-controlled Legislature…

Wolf imposes ethical conduct code

   November 12, 2014 11:18 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is requiring all members of his transition team to sign a code of ethical conduct agreement that, among other things, would ban them from accepting gifts that could influence how they perform their duties. Katie McGinty, his incoming chief of staff, has already signed the agreement — the first to do so. Wolf believes…

Wolf: McGinty will help him work with lawmakers

   November 10, 2014 2:03 pm

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said that Katie McGinty’s experience in government and the private sector will help him work with the Legislature on a bipartisan basis. That was one of the reasons he cited today in announcing that McGinty, who ran against Wolf in the  Democratic primary, would serve as his chief of staff. McGinty campaigned on…

Wolf goes online to offer transition info

   November 10, 2014 10:41 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has launched a transition website to allow Pennsylvanians a chance to interact with the transition, learn more about the process, provide feedback, receive announcements and submit resumes. Visit the website at www.wolftransitionpa.com “Launching WolfTransitionPa.com is the first step in the transition process, and it will help facilitate a conversation with the people of…

Wolf urges cooperation between parties

   November 6, 2014 1:25 pm

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, faces a tough road ahead with a GOP-controlled Legislature that was only emboldened by its gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections. But Wolf, according to comments attributed to him and released by his spokesman, said he is looking for cooperation between the parties. “I’m hoping that we can figure out ways to work…

Corbett, others to campaign in Erie

   November 3, 2014 9:32 am

Led by Gov. Tom Corbett, a Who’s Who of Pennsylvania Republican elected officials and other party leaders will be in Erie tonight on the eve of Tuesday’s election. Corbett, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, both of whom represents parts of Erie County, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, and retiring state Sen….