What is Tom Wolf doing on Jan. 20? Here is a look.

The day Tom Wolf gets sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor will include a children’s program at The State Museum of Pennsylvania; an open house at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg hosted by Wolf and his wife, Frances; and an evening celebration at the Hershey Lodge.

The inauguration is Jan. 20.

The full news release from his inaugural committee, after the jump:

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Sen. Folmer: Reduce federal government overreach

State Sen. Mike Folmer

State Sen. Mike Folmer watches the election results come in at the Lebanon County Republican Headquarters on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. (Jeremy Long — Lebanon Daily News)

State Sen. Mike Folmer wrote a column today condemning federal government overreach, particularly its “wars” on various things, including the “War on Drugs” and “War on Poverty.”

His chief of staff, Fred Sembach, provided context for the timing of the column and what state issues Folmer is concerned about.

“The current debate in both Harrisburg and Washington is that government needs to do more,” Sembach said. “One side says we need more government, one side says we need less government. Sen. Folmer’s point is we need less.”

He added that the column came on the heels of Folmer’s meeting with a group against Senate Bill 76. The unnamed group of concerned citizens took the same position as the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center in that “we need to spend and tax more,” he said.

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Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announces transition review heads

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Thursday announced his transition review heads.
The full list, after the jump:
(Note we made one change to the original release for the title of Harrisburg Area Community College.)

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Gov.-elect Tom Wolf names key staffers

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Wednesday named some key staffers. Here is the full news release:

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Meet Kristin Phillips-Hill

Rep.-elect Kristin Phillips-Hill

Rep.-elect Kristin Phillips-Hill. (Official Pa. House portrait)

Rep.-elect Kristin Phillips-Hill said her time serving as Dallastown School Board Director showed her that many spending problems faced by school boards begin with Harrisburg rules. She aims to change those rules.

The York Township Republican — elected on Nov. 4 to replace retiring Rep. Ron Miller, who supported her candidacy — spoke with Legislative Report, in the video seen above, about the basics of her goals and plans.

Here’s a look at the highlights:

  • She will keep Miller’s office at 682 Susquehanna Trail South in Springfield Township and the office phone number — (717) 428-9889 — for a “seamless” transition for constituents.
  • Property taxes are an increasingly statewide problem, she said. She’s developing relationships with other freshman legislators who see the issue as a priority.
  • She feels local government subdivisions like school boards and municipal governments are burdened by over-regulation from Harrisburg and she intends to work to change that.
  • The 93rd Legislative District, which she represents, covers the following: Springfield, York, Hopewell, North Hopewell, East Hopewell and Fawn Townships and the boroughs of Loganville, Jacobus, Dallastown, Winterstown, Cross Roads, Stewartstown and Fawn Grove.

Connect with her on her website, RepKristin.com, or on her Facebook page.

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York County commissioner candidate Kelly Henshaw criticizes Steve Chronister for his support of Tom Wolf

York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister. (File photo)

Steve Chronister

Kelly Henshaw

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Republican Kelly Henshaw on Friday announced that he is going to run for York County commissioner, and in in a phone interview he criticized Republican Steve Chronister, president of the Board of Commissioners.

Henshaw said he was prompted to run after Chronister came out in support of Democrat Tom Wolf in the Pennsylvania governor’s race.

“Republicans don’t do that. Conservative Republicans don’t do that,” Henshaw said.

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Sen. Wagner: Democrats trying to ‘scare the public’ for higher taxes

Sen. Scott Wagner

Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township (File photo)

Following Wednesday’s mid-year budget briefing by Gov. Tom Crobett-appointed Budget Secretary Charles Zogby and a later news conference from Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, a York County state Senator has some observations.

Read more on those topics: Eight things to know about an expected $2 billion deficit for the Pa. budget

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, said in a prepared statement that his Democratic colleagues don’t understand “how the finances of a business operate.”

In his statement he made the following observations:

  • The state’s annual revenue is about $30 billion
  • The Commonwealth should have an “operating line of credit equivalent to 60 days of average revenue,” which in Pennsylvania’s case would come to about $5 billion dollars.
  • “The Democrats are trying to spin the budget issue to scare the public into thinking the only solution is more tax increases…”
  • “The $2 billion deficit is not unrealistic at this time of year” because the state gets a large portion of its revenue at the beginning of each year leading up to tax day on April 15
  • The winter experienced in the state at the beginning of this year “was the worst winter that many businesses have seen in 30 years” which impacted their expenses and therefore the revenue to the state.
  • Quote: “I continue to stand by my statement that Pennsylvania does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending and expense problem.”

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York County elected officials’ salary by the numbers

Note: This post has been updated, at the bottom, with information on bargaining employee wages at the Pleasant Acres Nursing Home — owned by the county — mentioned in the Teamsters Rep. speech. The content above it was published at around 2 p.m.

York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister. (File photo)

York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister. (File photo)

Now that the York County Commissioners have passed the 2016 base salaries for their own positions and for those of five row officers, here’s a look at each position’s actual salary numbers year by year.

Also of interest: York County Commissioners approve 2016 base salaries for themselves, row officers

In 2012 and 2013 the salaries of the commissioners were frozen, according to county spokesman Carl Lindquist.

Their cost of living adjustment for 2014 was 1.6 percent, which goes along with the consumer price index. That would make the president commissioner salary in 2012-13 $85,368.33, with the other two commissioner positions making $82,319.49 in the same period.

The 1.6 growth rate for 2014 was the same for all non-union employees, according to Lindquist.

A table of the numbers and more information after the jump.

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Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s inaugural committee launches website

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s inaugural committee on Wednesday announced the launch of a website where people can volunteer to help with inaugural activities and receive updates on the event.

The site is www.wolfinauguration.com. He takes office Jan. 20.

 

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County GOP leader supports YDR’s suggestions for Wolf’s cabinet

York County Republican Committee Chairman Alex Shorb said Tuesday “one of the things we’re watching closely at the York GOP is who (Gov.-elect) Tom Wolf decides to surround himself with.”

He said the list of eight suggested members for the cabinet published on York Daily Record’s editorial page is a good start.

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