In the final week of the Rendell administration and with just days to go before Gov. elect Tom Corbett takes over, the pace of news in the Capitol is stepped up. We bring you highlights from today's Inquirer.
The state subsidized health care program that covers 42,000 low income-adults is coming to an end. Why? Funding has run out. Finger pointing ensues from Rendell and Corbett camps. Health care advocates had hoped to find a way to keep the program alive until the federal health care coverage took effect in 2014. More from Inquirer's Don Sapatkin here.
Corbett makes two critical cabinet post nominations, tapping Bryn Mawr lawyer Michael Krancer to run the Department of Environmental Protection and Gary Alexander, a former human services chief in Rhode Island, to run the Department of Public Welfare.
Krancer, who serves on the Environmental Hearing Board, comes aboard at a critical time with explosive growth in natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale and increasing concerns about the effects of drilling on the environment. Alexander takes over the welfare agency as the number of people on Medicaid grows and funding is expected to be cut. More from the Inquirer's Sandy Bauers and Alfred Lubrano here.
Rep. Kate Harper (R., Montgomery) says she plans to run for Montgomery County Commissioner this year. Harper, who has served in the state House since 2000, says she wants to focus on the quality of life issues, such as transportation and open space, in her home county. "You have a bigger affect on a smaller area," said Harper on Thursday. Harper of Lower Gwynedd, said she also hopes to help restore fiscal order in the county and - in a reference to the internecene squabbles among current commissioners - bring civility to the board. "I think the voters are unhappy,' said Harper. "When voters elect you they expect you to get along."
The state has yanked the kennel license of the dog breeder who sold Vice President Joe Biden a puppy back in 2008. The Department of Agriculture revoked the license held by Linda Brown of Jolindy's Shepherds citing failure to correct ongoing violations, including filthy pens, contaminated food and keeping dogs in undersized cages. More here.
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