What you need to know about Gov. Wolf’s budget address

Governor to lay out spending proposals in speech this a.m.

  • Ed Mahon
If you drop a bottle of wine at the Iowa Caucuses, will anyone know? In the age of social media, the answer is yes. Twitter wasn’t the best source for news last night, but I found NPR’s live coverage and FiveThirtyEight’s analysis pretty clear and useful. We’re still 83 days away from Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary, but thanks to voting reforms enacted last fall, Pa. voters will be able to mail in a ballot with no excuse well ahead of that date. And that means you can drink a bottle of wine while you fill out your ballot at home — and no one will be there to capture it on Twitter! –Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

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Wolf, Democratic lawmakers and state secretaries gather to call for toxin abatement funding. (Katie Meyer / WITF)

The Pennsylvania governor’s annual budget address is a chance for the state’s chief executive to tout accomplishments, propose new ideas and even return to old ones.

The speech kicks off debate over the state budget, which the legislature and governor are supposed to be finished with by the end of June. Here are some of the things we’ll watch for tomorrow when Gov. Wolf speaks:

Wolf’s budget address is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. You can watch online here. We’ll have coverage throughout the day.

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, right, is interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

  • I was one of the Philadelphia Eagles fans rooting for Andy Reid as he led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl win Sunday evening. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane has a story about the former Eagles coach and his son Garrett, who died of a heroin overdose in 2012. “You can’t help but think of him,” Reid said following the 31-20 victory.

  • Ashley Via Menser was transferred on Monday to a state correctional facility. She had been in custody at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility since Jan. 22, after she was sentenced to 10 months to 7 years in prison. Menser is living with advanced ovarian cancer, and her family is concerned that she has yet to receive specialized care for her condition. PA Post‘s Joseph Darius Jaafari has a short update that posted last night.

  • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner weighed in on Ashley Via Menser’s case, writing, “No one should be surprised that this woman has likely been condemned to die of cancer in prison over petty retail theft. Decades of never interrogating whether mass incarceration makes us safer has effectively rendered the system incapable of doing so.”

  • David Thornburgh, the president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, thinks there is a “50/50 shot” that state lawmakers will pass redistricting reform this year. Julian Routh has the details for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and he explains why time is running out for lawmakers to act.

  • As supporters collect signatures to get presidential candidates on the ballotThe Morning Call looks at why Pennsylvania is so important to President Donald Trump’s re-election. Reporters talked with voters in York County, Delaware County and elsewhere.


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