Lawmakers return to governor's fall 'conversation openers'
Added 09-21-19 01:22:02pm EST - “Gov. Tom Wolf busied himself in the quiet Capitol over the summer with plans that didn't involve lawmakers: a way to finance new voting machines, new charter school regulations to write, gun violence prevention programs to create…” - Washingtontimes.com
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf busied himself in the quiet Capitol over the summer with plans that didn’t involve lawmakers: a way to finance new voting machines, new charter school regulations to write, gun violence prevention programs to create and more.
With lawmakers returning to Harrisburg from a nearly three-month break this past week, Wolf called those moves “conversation openers” to inject momentum into a second-term agenda the Democrat insists can get done this fall in an often-skeptical Republican-controlled Legislature.
“The executive orders are because I have the authority and because in conversations with the General Assembly there seems to me a real possibility that we can continue the conversation and get things done in a legislative way,” Wolf said in an interview Tuesday after meeting with House and Senate leaders. “So I’m signaling that I’m not going to sit around. We need to do things, and I get the sense that’s the way it’s being received by all four caucuses in the two chambers.”
That might be true, even if Republicans aren’t thrilled with the governor’s moves, and Wolf may not be done.
His administration suggested this week that Wolf will consider unilaterally pursuing limits on greenhouse gas pollution from power plants - a nod to his agenda to fight climate change - if he can’t persuade lawmakers into an agreement.
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