President Barack Obama on Wednesday released his birth certificate, proving once and for all that he was, in fact, born in a small hospital in Gafsa, Tunisia. He handed in his resignation, which was happily accepted by now-President Joe Biden.
Welcome to our first installment of our new “Meet Team Triad” video series, coming to you from the Triad Strategies Network. Today we kick off with a chat with Mike Acker, a partner at Triad.
As most of our readers are already aware, Triad does a Friday Happy Hour post each week, which is essentially a slightly warped wrap-up of the top policy and political news of the week. But what few folks know is the fact that some of Triad’s employees, partners and consultants actually engage in the occasional real happy hour at local establishments, where we quaff a few cold sarsaparillas and talk about everything from history to religion to current events to, inevitably, sports. In fact, yesterday’s topic of conversation was Michael Vick, who was recently listed as the third most influential athlete using social media.
Harrisburg experienced its own version of “watergate’ this week as the city was brought to its knees by two water main breaks. The Capitol Complex was closed, then re-opened, with a nice line of Port-a-Potties for employees and visitors to use. You stay classy, Harrisburg!
This week, our TSN interview series continued as Tony May sat down for a chat with Kevin Shivers, the Pennsylvania State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
Members of Congress spent the week breaking their own arms by patting themselves on the back over passing $38 billion worth of budget cuts which, according to the CBO, will only be worth a few hundred million bucks in this fiscal year. Oh, and did we mention the federal deficit is coming in at around $1.5 trillion? So to put this in proper context, that $38 billion is known as a “rounding error” in some circles. But hey, break out the band!
A Guest Blog by Don Francis, President of Association of Independant Colleges and Univerisites of Pennsylvania
State funding for higher education is making news these days, but I believe a key point of this discussion is being overlooked. While all the talk is about how much tax money should be given to institutions, there is little discussion of whether this is the best way to increase access to higher education, especially for lower and middle income students.
Recently, Dr. Terry Madonna of Terry Madonna Opinion Research did a statewide poll, asking Pennsylvania voters what they think of the National Popular Vote campaign, and whether or not they think the current system of electing the President is fair.
When the state’s adultBasic health insurance program for the working poor went out of existence in February, 41,000 Pennsylvanians found themselves without insurance, while the 500,000 or so on the waiting list lost any hope of ever joining those rolls.
It is entirely possible that by the time the clock strikes midnight tonight, the federal government will be closed for business due to a budget stalemate. While House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fight like two wet cats in a burlap sack, it got us to thinking: maybe while the shop is closed, maintenance folks can get in there and give the government a good cleaning. It was starting to smell a bit in there anyway.
Despite Governor Tom Corbett’s firm pledge, there will be an extraction tax levied on Marcellus Shale drillers in Pennsylvania. The question has really become more of a “when,” not an “if.” Oh, it may not be this year, or in this budget debate. But the debate itself will come, and when it happens, the tax will pass.
Today is April Fool’s Day, the day when people manage to anger family, friends and co-workers by making up outrageous lies. On that note, Governor Tom Corbett today announced he will seek an increase in the Corporate Net Income Tax to fund AdultBasic.