Political Watcher: Gov. Corbett’s Initiatives Need Support

The Republicans may have a majority of the State House and Senate, but G.O.P. Governor Tom Corbett might not get any of the legislative priorities he’s been pushing for, according to political watcher, Dr. Terry Madonna.

“I think pensions probably get put off. Transportation and liquor privatization an outside chance. But I’ll tell you what, it is an amazing environment up in Harrisburg right now. Everything I’ve read and all the folks I’ve talked with, there’s more uncertainty that I think I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

Madonna was a guest on WNPV’s Comment Please By Univest Program Monday afternoon.

PA. Federal Lawmaker Not Warming To Immigration Reform Bill

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey tells INFORADIO the Immigration Reform Bill now in the Senate might do more to encourage illegal immigration than address the problem.

“It creates in no adequate way for people who want to come here and work at the low end of the scale spectrum and come and do so legally. So, my concern is, they will find a way to continue to come here illegally. That’s the biggest flaw in the bill from my perspective.”

Toomey says, he’s a “no” when the bill comes to a vote

Sen. Toomey: Eric Snowden Should Be Prosecuted

Just about every lawmaker in the U-S is calling former N.S.A employee, Edward Snowden, a criminal and a traitor for leaving the country with some of the nation's secrets. U-S Senator Pat Toomey is lining up with many of his colleagues on the Snowden issue. “I think his choice of countries to flee to is very interesting and telling because China and on his way to Russia and we are told he’s on his way to Cuba and then eventually Ecuador. This is a clear path of somebody who isn’t interested in human rights and personal freedom and respect for privacy, obviously, when he would go to these countries.” Toomey says, it’s surprising that this situation happened at the N.S.A because of the high level of oversight at the agency. Toomey was a guest on the AM—Edition this morning with Darryl Berger.

Harrisburg Think Tank: P.A. Needs Private Sector Thinking

The head of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank in Harrisburg, wants the state to pull the plug on a proposal to hike fees and lift the cap on the state’s wholesale gasoline tax. Matt Brouillette was a guest on Thursday’s Comment Please By Univest Program on WNPV.

“Things like getting rid of prevailing wage, artificially increases the cost to taxpayers to pave our roads. Competitive contracting and our mass transit services, bringing private sector efficiencies in to those public transit agencies. These are the things that we would like to see done, long before we start going to taxpayers and asking them for some more money.”

Montgomery County State Senator, Jon Rafferty is pushing a plan to increase revenue more than two-billion dollars to pay for road and bridge repairs across the state.

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