TSN’s Tony May was fortunate enough to get an exclusive interview last week with House Transportation Committee Chairman Rick Geist, a 17-term Republican lawmaker from Altoona. If you believe that Pennsylvania can continue to kick the funding can down the road, you need to watch this interview. To say that Geist’s words were sobering would not come close to doing it justice.
Vice President Joe Biden this week said that if he had “two Bob Bradys”, he’d rule the world. No disrespect to the Congressman, but Biden already has one Bob Brady and still can’t figure out how to pass a budget.
The Triad Strategies Network was happy to host House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), who dropped by our shop to chat with Tony May about the proposed 2011-2012 state budget.
Pennsylvania turned 330 years old this week. Doesn’t look a day over 300 if you ask us.
March Madness has arrived for Pennsylvania’s universities. And while Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Villanova and Bucknell prepare to do battle on the hardwood, the real fight has begun in earnest in the halls of state government and across the Commonwealth.
We usually kick off our weekly wrap with a tidbit or two about the goings-on in the Federal City, but since this week featured the inaugural budget address from Governor Tom Corbett, we decided to dispense with the national stuff and get right down to business. Cuz man, alive, there was some business going on up in here this week!
For those who predicted that Pennsylvania’s landscape would look like a scene from “Resident Evil” after Governor Tom Corbett’s inaugural budget address, you can breathe a bit easier. Yes, it is an austere budget. Yes, it has plenty of pain to go around. But anyone who says they didn’t see this coming has simply not been paying much attention to the governor.
President Obama this week signed a two-week stopgap budget bill that will avert a government shutdown – for now. Sweet Polly Purebred is still tied to the tracks, but the train has slowed down a bit. Obama has dispatched Vice President Biden to negotiate with the House GOP. What could possible go wrong there? We’ll see if Son of Stopgap surfaces in a fortnight. Magic Eight Ball says: “Bet your life on it.”
On Wednesday, the National Popular Vote campaign and its spokesman, Philanthropist Tom Golisano, came to Harrisburg with a simple message: it is time to ensure the Presidency of the United States is decided solely by the popular vote in every state.
A Guest Blog by Robert Latham
In expressing support last week for increasing the state gasoline tax, Republican Sen. Jeff Piccola provided a delicious dollop of congruity: a member of the pachyderm party blew the whistle on the elephant in the room.