Following is a listing of executive and political action for the week of April 1. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session April 8.
Governor Tom Corbett’s meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t changed his decisions not to opt in to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and against establishing the state’s own health care exchange, an administration spokeswoman said.
"The governor outlined his concerns to the secretary and the department promised to get back quickly with answers," Christine Cronkright said. "It’s not a matter of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. The questions seem to raise even more questions."
Cronkright said Corbett sought answers to several key questions, including verification that the 100 percent federal match under Medicaid is available for Pennsylvania.
Corbett also requested information regarding the use of the private insurance market to expand coverage in Pennsylvania, similar to what Arkansas and Tennessee are pursuing with their heath care exchanges, according to Cronkright.
York County businessman Tom Wolf stated in an email to supporters that he plans to run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014, The Associated Press reported.
In that email, Wolf pledged he would spend up to $10 million of his own money on the campaign.
Wolf was secretary of the Department of Revenue in the Rendell administration.
Also last week, Mike Barley, spokesman for the Republican State Committee, was announced as the choice to run Corbett’s re-election campaign.
The next gubernatorial election is set for November 4, 2014.
Department of Revenue officials said they are looking forward in the final quarter of the 2012-13 fiscal year to realizing their prediction of a $232 million surplus. Tax collections in March, however, came in 1.6 percent below estimate.
But, for the year, collections are still $35.5 million ahead of the number budget officials projected last July.
"March is a big corporate collection month, but April is the biggest in terms of personal income," said department spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell. "So we’ll wait and see."
Overall, Pennsylvania collected $4.2 billion in General Fund revenue in March, which was $69.4 million less than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $20.3 billion, which is 0.2 percent above estimate.