Political reporter, Pete De Coursey, the Editor of Capitol Wire.com believes state store reform has a less than 50-percent chance of getting done prior to budget passage at the end of the month. Chuck Mcilhinney of Bucks County unveiled a reform package this week. But De Coursey says two other local senators have been non-committal.
“Senator Tomlinson, Senator Stu Greenleaf who are in the undecided group that put this bill on life support.”
De Coursey was a guest on Wednesday’s Comment Please By Univest Program on WNPV.
You might have to pay more at the pump to help pay for rehabbing Pennsylvania’s road and bridge infrastructure.
“We need to do those things before there is an accident or heavy knows.”
That’s State Rep. Kathy Watson who says she doesn’t like lifting the capon the state’s wholesale gasoline tax, but believes it’s necessary to raise the millions of dollars needed for the repairs. Watson doesn’t think it will hike prices 25 centers per gallon, as some estimates have said.
A series of child protection bills that were crafted over the Jerry Sandusky scandal are moving forward in HarrisburgBucks County State Rep. Kathy Watson sponsored a bill that passed in the House. Watson says, another bill, crafted by State Rep. Scott Petri, includes a ruse used by sexual predators called “grooming.”
“Which is a form of a sexual predator who is giving gifts and doing things came out of Sandusky and some of the things we learned from psychologists and psychiatrists. Truthfully, five years ago, none of us would have put that in the law or even knew about it.”
Watson says, all the bills on children protection should be revisited every five years. Watson is hopeful a general consensus can be agreed upon by both parties on the various child protection bills in the fall. Watson was a guest on the WNPV Program Comment Please By Univest on Friday
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.