12/15 Ups & Downs
Wolf decides not to release the Inspector General’s report on Stack to the public, public sector unions defeat a ‘paycheck protection’ bill in the house, Lisa Deeley takes over as the chair of the Philly City Commissioners, and Pennsylvania is ranked in the bottom five of worst run states. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Tom Wolf. Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would not be releasing the Inspector General’s report on Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack’s treatment of staff and his police detail. For the first time, after maintaining such a distance from the mess, Wolf is now responsible for an objectionable aspect of it.
Public Sector Unions. Public sector unions showed their strength in the state House this week, when a vote on a “paycheck protection” bill failed, with 102 votes against the bill, including 26 Republicans.
Scott Wagner. State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, who runs as one of the most conservative candidates, was targeted by the conservative group American Principles Project over his support of Senate Bill 974, which contains a provision for people to use the bathroom that best corresponds with their gender identity.
Bob Brady. After most people assumed the investigation into Congressman Bob Brady was over, one of Brady’s top political aides plead guilty to related charges this week, reopening questions into whether be charged or not.
Lisa Deeley. Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley was voted the new Chair of the City Commissioners after her and fellow Commissioner Al Schmidt voted to oust Commissioner Anthony Clark from the role.
Pennsylvania. A report from 24/7 Wall Street ranked Pennsylvania as the fifth worst run state in the country, ranking ahead of only Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Louisiana.
Philadelphia Parking Authority. In two reports from the Auditor General’s office, it was learned that the Philadelphia Parking Authority cost Philadelphia’s public schools $78 million, and the reports contained a new record 117 recommendations.
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