Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Gov. Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Joe Torsella on Tuesday cheered a $317 million deposit in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, although they cautioned that more work needs to be done in order to better secure the state’s fiscal future.

Lawmakers elected to plow most of the state’s budget surplus into its cash reserves, which started the year ranked among the worst in the country. The decision was one of bipartisan agreement between Republican leaders and Wolf, although more than half of the surplus will be devoted to paying off pieces of last year’s budget.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Just days after he vetoed a bill offering $90 million to help counties pay for new voting machines, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced that his administration will be providing that same amount to counties through a state-issued bond.

The move from Wolf comes after the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 48, legislation that would have amended the Election Code to give the General Assembly more oversight over the decertification of voting machines.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Senate Democrats are looking to reinstate a cash assistance program for the commonwealth’s poorest residents, coming just days after Gov. Tom Wolf officially signed a bill ending the initiative.

A quartet of freshmen, led by Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are seeking co-sponsorship for what they are calling the “Emergency Relief Program,” designed to mimic the $200-a-month cash payments distributed under the newly ended General Assistance.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf signs Pennsylvania GI Bill in effort to boost National Guard re-enlistment

Wolf signs Pennsylvania GI Bill in effort to boost National Guard re-enlistment

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Monday an initiative to allow families of National Guard members to earn free college in-state provided a member re-enlists for a second tour of duty, a program that is designed to retain guardsmen at a time when they are being increasingly called into duty.

Flanked by legislators, dozens of guardsmen and their families, Wolf put pen to paper on the bill, which advocates tout as the first of its kind in the nation. Wolf said in remarks that Minnesota has a similar program but it is designed only for spouses, while in Pennsylvania children and other family could earn up to five years of tuition at a State System or State-Related school.
Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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