Following in the footsteps of previous governors, Gov. Wolf seeks efficiency in government

Following in the footsteps of previous governors, Gov. Wolf seeks efficiency in government

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday signed an executive order forming the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency—otherwise known as GO TIME—that will be tasked with finding greater efficiency in state government.

“We need to do things more efficiently, there’s no doubt about it,” he said at the Thursday announcement. “I understand we can do things better, this is what I did when I was in the private sector in my business. I worked hard to make sure that what I was doing I was doing as efficiently as possible.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf taps law school dean, county judge for seats on PA high court

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday evening announced his selections to fill two vacancies on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, picking Duquesne University Law Dean and Professor Kenneth Gormley and Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler.

Gov. Wolf noted the selections were arrived at in “a collaborative process” with Senate leadership.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Treasurer McCord to resign immediately, plead guilty to federal charges

According to a video released by Treasurer Rob McCord Friday afternoon, he is moving up his resignation date from February 12 to immediately.

He explained he inappropriately used the power of his office to solicit campaign contributions, for which he is currently under federal investigation and expected to plead guilty.

Friday, January 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reinstatement of state park fracking moratorium draws mixed reviews

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order Thursday morning in Philadelphia reinstating a Rendell-era moratorium in natural gas leases in state parks, an order that was ended under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

“Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

The Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Tuesday declined to honor the recall of all Gov. Tom Corbett’s end-of-term nominees issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and reported all 13 nominations to the floor for Senate approval.

The debate broke down on whether the Senate should honor the new governor’s request, allowing him to set nominees on his own accord, or whether the nominations—rightly made at the tail end of the Corbett administration—should stand.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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