One of the hottest legislative topics of the coming year will be legal reform, and we can expect the game to begin in the State House shortly after Governor Tom Corbett unveils his 2011-2012 fiscal year budget on March 8th.
In Congress this week, the continuing budget stare-down between House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has us feeling 1995 all over again. We see a government shutdown dead ahead. Paging Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky… To celebrate the impending doom, Team Triad will spend the weekend watching “Jumanji” and listening to Weezer.
ENTREPRENEUR AND PHILANTHROPIST TOM GOLISANO TAKES LEAD ROLE IN NONPARTISAN EFFORT TO CHANGE HOW WE ELECT THE PRESIDENT
In a press conference yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Golisano announced his role as national spokesman for the National Popular Vote campaign. The National Popular Vote plan would work within the Electoral College framework to ensure the presidency goes to the winner of the most popular votes in all 50 states.
Michele Schmidt to Focus on Education, Transportation, Health and Procurement
Former Congressional staffer and Western Pennsylvania native Michele Schmidt today joined Triad Strategies as a Senior Government Relations Associate. Schmidt served as a Special Assistant to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and most recently led government affairs and fundraising activities at Robert Morris University in Allegheny County.
President Obama this week unveiled his proposed $3.74 trillion budget. Liberals and progressives assailed it for its nasty cuts; conservatives assailed it for not cutting nastily enough. When everyone walks away angry, you’ve probably found a pretty good compromise.
Way back in the formative days of our little slice of the blogosphere, we posted a piece called “Fire, Fire, Mrs. McGuire!” In it, we professed to being a bit mystified by the court challenge to the new sprinkler mandate. Well, fast forward 13 months, and we remain mystified, not by the court case (which was unsuccessful), but rather by the renewed legislative attempts to overturn the mandate.
A Guest Post by Barbara Hafer, Chair, Energy Consumers First
When the Commonwealth set the clock in motion some 15 years ago on the process that culminated in January with the right for every Pennsylvania resident to shop for an electricity provider, it was not foreseen that a measure intended to ensure uninterrupted energy service for all could result in encouraging power companies to keep heavily polluting generating stations on line.
We must begin this week with a sincere apology over the lack of the Happy Hour last Friday. We were going to blame it on technical difficulties, but the truth is, we were bathed in Steelers pre-Super Bowl euphoria, and we simply spaced it out. And we see how well all of that nonsense worked out...
A Guest Post by Alex Hartzler, President, WCI Partners
Harrisburg-bashing has become an all-too-familiar pattern recently with some folks in the local media. With the difficult fiscal challenges our city’s leaders face, and the damage done by the great recession, it has become fashionable for people to point to the Capitol City as all the root of all central Pennsylvania evil.
There is a huge battle over basic education on the horizon, and believe it or not, it has very little to do with school choice or tuition vouchers (unless we are talking down the road, but that is for another blog post.) In fact, it might make the voucher battle look like a minor skirmish at the end of the day.