Finance - May 5, 2017

Wolf criticizes US House over health care bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had choice words for the US House of Representatives after they passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as, Obamacare. Wolf said in a statement that it was “a sad day for millions of Pennsylvania families…” Wolf went on to say that the move is at the expense of the less fortunate and was an attempt to “score political points.” Wolf has vowed to do whatever it takes to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians when it comes to access to care and consumer protection. The bill passed Congress yesterday by a vote of 217-213; twenty Republicans voted on the bill. PA Republican Congressmen Ryan Costello, Patrick Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Charlie Dent all voted no on the measure; that’s the most “no” voted among Republicans in any state.


Former State Representative appointed to position in state Attorney General’s office

Former State Representative Steve Santarsiero has been appointed chief deputy attorney general for Environmental Protection in the AG’s office. Joe Grace, spokesman for the Attorney General’s office said that they are “really reinvigorating the environmental protection section of the office.” Santarsiero has experience litigating environmental cases and has a history of advocating for the environment in his various publically held positions. The new role will not only prosecute criminal cases but also examine issues in the civil and public protection divisions for environmental issues.