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Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration have taken to insulting, attacking, and berating anyone who disagrees with their policy agenda, rather than engage in serious conversation.
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Wolf promotes budget plan during visit to Bellefonte Area High School

Wolf promotes budget plan during visit to Bellefonte Area High School | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Wolf said some middle ground has been found, indicating that he has conceded on issues such as his original severance tax proposal. But he also said lawmakers need to “grow up, act like adults and make it work.”

“If we don’t want that bright future,” he said, “we can keep doing what we’ve been doing, and keep doing what your senator from this area wants to keep us doing.”
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Politics of Pennsylvania's budget impasse heating up

Politics of Pennsylvania's budget impasse heating up | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Wednesday marked the first full week of Pennsylvania's budget impasse. Still, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican -controlled Legislature do not appear any closer to compromising on their respective financial and policy differences to reach a mutual accord on a 2015-16 spending plan.
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“The refusal by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Republican leaders to accept basic math and acknowledge Pennsylvania’s massive structural budget deficit is the sole obstacle preventing budget talks from moving forward,” Sheridan wrote.

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Sen. Scott Wagner on being a bully, Wolf, gift ban and more

Sen. Scott Wagner on being a bully, Wolf, gift ban and more | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
About Wagner's remarks, Wolf's press secretary Jeff Sheridan said simply, "Scott Wagner is a non-factor."
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Pennsylvania lawmakers push for open public-sector union bargaining

Pennsylvania lawmakers push for open public-sector union bargaining | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
His spokesman, Jeffrey Sheridan, said he has not read Aument's bill and could not comment on specifics. He asked whether Aument is willing to introduce legislation to expand the state's open records law to fully include the Legislature, whether he has called for the Legislature's auditing to be open, and whether he puts his daily schedule online, as Wolf does.

“Is the Legislature going to put forth a proposal banning gifts for themselves?” Sheridan asked. Wolf imposed a ban on executive branch employees on taking office in January.
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Secrecy surrounding union contracts' costs sparks legislation from GOP

Secrecy surrounding union contracts' costs sparks legislation from GOP | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
But Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan finds it interesting that this Republican push for openness of state employee contracts comes after a Democratic governor took over.

He said Albright told the senators the negotiations with the unions are ongoing and there are no final details yet to share. When there are, Sheridan said the contract terms will be made available.  

Turning the tables on the senators, Sheridan said, "Are they going to subject themselves to Right to Know requests? Are they going to open up the legislative audit process to the public? Are they going to ban gifts? ... This proposal is partisan."
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Wolf proposes sales tax on senior care services

Wolf proposes sales tax on senior care services | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
“The numbers being pushed by this group are dishonest,” Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan said in a statement.
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UPMC claims union ties bias Wolf against health giant

UPMC claims union ties bias Wolf against health giant | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Sheridan cast Scarnati's view as “delusional” and his criticism as a baseless political attack.
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Wolf order on home care workers illegal, conservative think tank says

Wolf order on home care workers illegal, conservative think tank says | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
“The Commonwealth Foundation and the rhetoric they spew means nothing,” Sheridan said.
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'An agreement doesn't mean anything' to Senate Majority Leader; says Wolf spokesman

'An agreement doesn't mean anything' to Senate Majority Leader; says Wolf spokesman | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
"That is the problem with Harrisburg. That is the reason people don't like Harrisburg," Sheridan said.

"Gov. Wolf came from the business world, where an agreement is an agreement. Maybe in Harrisburg, when you've been here for 17 years, like Sen. Corman has, an agreement doesn't mean anything... But it does mean something in the real world."
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Since the introduction of Governor Wolf’s budget, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has repeatedly put oil and gas interests over the interests of children and fixing our schools
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As budget negotiations heat up, so does rhetoric over gas tax

As budget negotiations heat up, so does rhetoric over gas tax | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan called Miskin a “conspiracy theorist.”
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AP News : No budget breakthrough as Wolf, legislative Republicans meet

AP News : No budget breakthrough as Wolf, legislative Republicans meet | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Wolf said. "He'd rather do good things for his friends in the oil and gas industry than find a way to fund schools."
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Wolf said. "He'd rather do good things for his friends in the oil and gas industry than find a way to fund schools."

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PA-Gov: Wolf Seeks to Frame Budget Debate

PA-Gov: Wolf Seeks to Frame Budget Debate | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
“The people of Pennsylvania should be disappointed in Harrisburg Republican leaders who are clearly not interested in solving problems or working in the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania,” Nicastre concludes
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“The people of Pennsylvania should be disappointed in Harrisburg Republican leaders who are clearly not interested in solving problems or working in the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania,” Nicastre concludes.

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Background check fee waiver turns into political football

Background check fee waiver turns into political football | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
"Representative Moul should really be embarrassed that he is trying to turn a conversation about progress improving a law designed to protect children into politics."
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Free-market group: Wolf's budget would cost families $1,400 - PA Independent

Free-market group: Wolf's budget would cost families $1,400 - PA Independent | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Sheridan, Wolf’s press secretary, disputed the Commonwealth Foundation’s claim. He called the figure “wildly inaccurate” and accused the think tank of arriving at the number deceptively, so that it could attack Wolf.

“The Commonwealth Foundation is a highly partisan organization that pretends like they’re a policy organization,” Sheridan said, adding the group did not account for property tax relief in its calculations.

But the think tank did account for property tax relief. It just didn’t include any for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Wolf would not start the relief until the 2016-17 fiscal year, but the state would begin collecting money to fund it the year before.
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Wolf negotiates new deal with unions that contributed to his campaign

Wolf negotiates new deal with unions that contributed to his campaign | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
But Jeff Sheridan, Wolf’s spokesman, says taxpayers should trust the governor to do the right thing. He reminds everyone that Wolf’s unilaterally implemented good government initiatives including a gift ban and transparency measures like posting of legal contracts online. Sheridan says Wolf is above reproach and the critics have a decidedly right-wing bent.

“I know where some of these attacks are coming from,” Sheridan said. “The Commonwealth Foundation and certain senators, I think that alone highlights the absurdity of these attacks.”
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Lawsuit claims 'union money grab' through Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf order

Lawsuit claims 'union money grab' through Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf order | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
Sheridan called it a lawsuit by a “right-wing, anti-union organization.”
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Sen. Scott Wagner wants to know the strings included in Wolf's proposed state budget

Sen. Scott Wagner wants to know the strings included in Wolf's proposed state budget | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it

But a spokesman for Wolf said the administration isn't taking the letter seriously.

"Until he [Sen. Wagner] has serious solutions for how we're going to invest in schools and how we're going to rebuild our economy and rebuild the middle class, everything he says is just hyperbole," Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan said.

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Governor wants to reinvest in higher education

Governor wants to reinvest in higher education | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
So when I read state Rep. Camera Bartolotta’s Wednesday letter to the editor that criticized Wolf for advocating for a tuition freeze for students, while at the same time proposing an increase of $45.3 million to PASSHE, it was clear that she has a profound misunderstanding of the situation Pennsylvania middle-class families and students are facing as a result of a disinvestment in education and an economy that has been stagnant for four years
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Wolf's chief of staff slams Senate's pension reform plan

Wolf's chief of staff slams Senate's pension reform plan | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
She called it embarrassing, unfair to taxpayers and state and school employees, and something that would exacerbate the two public state pension systems' combined $60 billion unfunded liability.
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McGinty is making up facts about the pension bill.

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GOP-led Pa. Senate likely to OK budget based on changes opposed by Wolf

GOP-led Pa. Senate likely to OK budget based on changes opposed by Wolf | Wolf Administration Insults | Scoop.it
“I don't think Senator Scarnati should pretend he's working with us,” said Wolf spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan. “He's done nothing to show he'll work with us to move the state forward. ... He's proposed nothing substantive.”
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