Tweets of the Week - January 14, 2018

Tweets of the Week - January 14, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Fetterman delivers speech focusing on his term goals and Gov. Wolf

Fetterman delivers speech focusing on his term goals and Gov. Wolf

As of Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania can officially say that John Fetterman is its new Lieutenant Governor. Fetterman was sworn in on the floor of the Senate Tuesday and then delivered a speech during Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration. 

Fetterman focused on what he hopes to move forward with now that he is in the role of Lt. Gov., including a transparent government, a high quality education system, a fair justice system and affordable health care for everyone. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

With a warm, bipartisan tone referencing Pennsylvania’s long history at the center of America’s evolution and painting a picture of a Commonwealth on the comeback, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in for his second term, setting the table for a second term surrounded with question marks.

After running and winning his first term as a political outsider, Wolf asked for a slew of tax increases that were rebuffed by ranking Republicans, leading to drawn out budget battles.

However, the second half of the term was marked by bipartisan bills, including pension restructuring, a loosening of liquor sales and the state’s clean slate law.

“As [Senate Majority Leader Jake] Corman said, we’re not like Washington. We can work together here in Harrisburg,” Wolf said during his inaugural address. “We can get things done.”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Public comments on new voting systems in Philadelphia

Public comments on new voting systems in Philadelphia

Philadelphia citizens attended a public comment session Thursday to discuss new voting machines considered by the city for future elections.

While there was no consensus on which method works best, Dennis Lee best summed up the existing frustrations.

“What we pick will be better than what we have,” Lee said.

Monday, January 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

From Valley Forge to Breezewood to New Stanton, truckers, commuters and joy-riders are paying six percent more out of their pocket to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The increase, effective January 6, isn’t just bothering motorists, it’s also caught the ire of the state’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf.

“People using the turnpike are paying too much,” Wolf said in a late 2018 interview with KDKA Radio. “The turnpike is driving business away.”

The toll increase, a product of a decade old state law, is also driving a wedge between trucking groups that feel hosed by excessive rates and mass transit advocates who see them as essential to a millennial economy.
Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
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