Thursday, February 14, 2013
State Sen. Tim Solobay and others lauded the decision Thursday.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has rejected the Corbett Administration’s plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a U.K.-based company Camelot Global Services—and Senate Democrats lauded the plan. "All along we have been opposed to all of this privatization. That's no surprise, Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, said. He noted that lottery has always turned a profit, and wondered why—instead of allowing another country to manage it "I always thought, 'Why can't we turn around and get a consultant? Why can't our own people do it?" And that wasn't all that concerned him about the plan. "I was concerned about folks' jobs. Here's a guy (Gov. Tom Corbett) who's trying to create jobs yet is trying to privatize …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Democrats voice concerns while Republicans lend support for Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget.
Western Pennsylvania Democrats had some harsh words for Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2013-14 state budget, which he presented Tuesday, while state Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason called the governor's plan a "balanced and responsible budget that reinvests in Pennsylvania." “The plan presented by the governor is disappointing,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills. “It was long on politics but short on solutions.” State Rep. Erin Molchany, a newly elected Democrat serving South Hills communities said the governor’s "Band-Aid budget does little to make up for the hurt this state has felt from his deep cuts." State Rep. Robert Matzie, a Democrat representing the Sewickley area, said: “New Jersey has Chris Christie as …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The claims come as Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate moves above the nation's.
Senate Democratic Leaders this past week called Pennsylvania’s latest employment report “unfortunate, but not surprising” given the lack of interest in rising unemployment on the part of the Corbett administration. “It’s a trend that needs to be reversed immediately,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. “The national economy and economic picture are improving while Pennsylvania is going in the other direction.” For the first time in six years, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is higher than the national rate, and the state has fallen from seventh to 38th in job creation. The state’s unemployment rate for September was 8.2 percent, well above the national average of 7.8 percent. The Democratic leaders called on the Corbett …
Monday, September 26, 2011
The plan would create 80,000 jobs, Senate Democrats said.
Monday, September 26, 2011
State Senate Democrats today unveiled their revised job-creation plan, called PA Works Now, which they claim would create 80,000 new jobs and leverage billions in private investment to generate jobs and economic activity. State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny County, said in a statement that job creation is the number-one priority for this fall’s session of the General Assembly. He added that the PA Works Now package does not require new broad based taxes, is fully paid for and does not put additional strain on the state general fund. “PA Works Now features a new investment vehicle called the Pennsylvania Investment Bank that will quickly pump $1.2 billion into the economy and create jobs,” Costa said. “Our goal is to …