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.

State Budget Passed.. But Political Differences Still Alive

One day after passing the budget, there’s a clear divide in Harrisburg.  Democratic State Rep Matt Bradford says Governor Corbett seemingly wants Bi-partisanship.

“But at the same time he’s trying to pursue this strident ideological agenda by rejecting Medicaid for 700-thousand Pennsylvanians.”

Bradford also criticized the Governor’s no-tax pledges.

Republican State Rep. Mike Vereb says the mission at hand was achieved.

“Our mission, constitutionally, is to get a budget balanced and done by June 30th and we’ve managed to do that three years so far that we’ve been in control of the House Chamber and the Governor’s office.”


Vereb and Bradford were guests Monday with Darryl Berger on Comment Please By Univest on WNPV.

State Rep. Points To Pension Reform As Top Priority

The State Legislature and Governor Tom Corbett can take a deep breath now that a state budget has been signed. While the Governor and lawmakers were able to pass a budget on time for a third straight year, some of the Governor’s core agenda issues, including pension reform, liquor reform and transportation funding, fell short. State Rep Kate Harper says, pension reform is a top priority.

“If we do nothing, taxes will rise at the local level, your real estate taxes and at the state level, because the state and the school district is one half of the employer of the teacher or someone who works at the school. We’re really facing a spike in the necessary pension contribution.”

Harper was pleased that the budget did not include new taxes. The budget passed at just under 28-point-4 billion dollars. Harper was a guest on the am-edition Monday morning with Darryl Berger.

Source Says Gov. Corbett’s Agenda Items May Fall Again

There’s hope in Republican circles that the Governor’s three major agenda items that fell short at the end of the legislative session will see new life in the fall, but Penn Live’s John Micek says, there’s a stark reality facing Governor Corbett in trying to address liquor privatization, pension reform and transportation funding.

“If You thought it was hard to do that in June, when an election is still an abstract thing, it’s going to be close to impossible in October or November as lawmakers are heading in to petitioning and primary season, no one is going to push for taxes then.”

The one agenda item that should be of paramount importance is transportation funding, according to State Rep. Bob
Godshall

“We have more brings than any other state by far in the country, thousands of them and they’re going to be continued to be closed and there will be no money to fix them.”

Godshall says PennDOT’s last increase was in 1997. Godhsall and Micek were guests Tuesday on Comment Please By Univest.

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