Gubernatorial candidate Wolf visits business incubator in East Liberty
As Gov. Tom Corbett continued to withhold his signature from a $29.1 billion state budget delivered to his desk without his top policy priorities, his Democratic gubernatorial opponent chatted with young business owners while touring a spacious start-up incubator in East Liberty on Monday.
York County businessman Tom Wolf visited 3D-printing company PieceMaker Technologies and other businesses at AlphaLab Gear, a warehouse-sized workspace for hardware and robotics start-ups.
After discussing the potential of Pennsylvania's innovation economy, Wolf wouldn't say whether he would veto the spending plan if he was in Corbett's place.
Wolf said he didn't want to “insert himself into the process,” but chalked up the situation to a leadership problem.
“If I exercised the leadership I think the governor is supposed to exercise right from the start, I would not be in a position of having to accept or reject, to do either one, with this kind of a budget,” Wolf said.
Corbett withheld his signature from a state budget passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly on June 30. Lawmakers did not pass a pension reform plan championed by Corbett, which would have adjusted retirement benefits for future state employees.
Pension costs, the Corbett administration says, crowd out other spending on state programs, costing as much as 60 cents of every new dollar of general fund revenues.
Wolf criticized the spending plan as one with “smoke and mirrors” and “one-time fixes.” Lawmakers closed a budget gap of more than $1 billion in part by transferring money. The budget does not raise taxes. Wolf has called for a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling.
Chris Pack, communications director for Corbett's campaign, credited Pennsylvania's 5.6 percent unemployment rate, the lowest since September 2008, to Corbett's leadership. And he said Republicans in the statehouse have differing priorities, in part based on geographic differences.
“I think a lean budget is something Tom Wolf has no familiarity with,” Pack said. “Wolf's solution to the budget shortfall is to hike taxes, and Tom Wolf has never seen a tax increase he doesn't like.”
Corbett's options on the budget include signing the bill, allowing it to become law without his signature by Friday, vetoing certain line items, or vetoing the entire bill.
Melissa Daniels is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Duquesne Light hires new operations vice president
- Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city
- Water service restored to CMU campus
- Job prospects drawing workers to Western Pennsylvania
- City of Pittsburgh detective, boys finalize adoption before judge
- City’s plan for Strip flummoxes vendors
- City of Pittsburgh detective, 2 boys finalize adoption before judge
- $5M grant sought for trade center site near Pittsburgh airport
- Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation
- State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
- State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards