Local State Senator Bob Mensch says this year’s state budget battle will likely be over funding for Pennsylvania’s welfare programs. Mensch is a Republican representing parts of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Mensch says holding the line on welfare programs is tough.
“They expended dramatically through the previous administration. They grew by 50-percent in those 8-years. So, a lot of people think they’re at a spending level that is sufficient already. If you just take it on the abstract and you say, well you’re not increasing Medicaid spending, that’s probably true, but that doesn’t mean we’re bad, because we’re already doing 1 out of 6 residents.”
Mensch says, he also supports Governor Corbett’s decision no to fold the state’s Medicare program into the Federal Obamacare Plan.
Montgomery County State Rep. Matt Bradford says he hopes Governor Corbett reverses course on expanding the state’s Medicaid Program and folding it into the Obamacare Plan
“This is one where the Governor I think elevated his ideology over common sense. Most of the Major state republican Governors have already opted in. You know, whether support Obamacare or not is really besides the point.”
Bradford was a guest on Comment Please By Univest on Tuesday on WNPV.
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor, Jim Cawley says the Corbett Administration will attempt to polish its image. He says, the Administration will make a greater effort to win the public relations battle associated with issues it’s working. Cawley says, Tom Corbett has been unfairly compared to Ed Rendell when it comes to advocating for issues.
“For eight years in Pennsylvania we had a show horse and now we have a workhorse. Tom Corbett has always been a very thoughtful, very careful, very introspective person, who felt it was much more important rather than talk about goals, Tom Corbett is about achieving those goals.”
Cawley says, the Administration is also committed to more effectively working with the legislature. He cites the recent passage of state store reform in the State House as an example of Corbett’s commitment.
State Senator Daylin Leach, who’s district includes part of Montgomery County has announced he’s running for the 13th Congressional seat. The district is split between Eastern Montgomery County and Philadelphia. The Democrat has launched his campaign before official word that fellow Democrat and incumbent, Allyson Schwartz is going to leave her seat to run for Governor.
“Allyson Schwartz is a serious person. I don’t think she talks about running for office as serious as Governor frivolously. I’m acting as if she does and what she means and so I have a lot of work to do and I have to get started on doing it.”
Leach called himself the liberal lion of Pennsylvania when launching his campaign Tuesday.