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Mango Ads Hit Wolf, Highlight Veteran Career

Pennsylvania is missing payments as the budget stalemate continues.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 18, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Former health care consultant Paul Mango (R) “announced its first two ads of the elections. … The ads will run on cable in the Pittsburgh and Johnstown-Altoona media markets and online. The ads will likely move into the eastern media markets in the coming weeks.”

“‘Ready to Serve’ focuses on Mango’s Army service from West Point to the 82nd Airborne division. ‘Opposites’ highlights differences between Mango’s and” Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) “economic plans.” (PoliticsPA)

STARTING TO LOOK LIKE ILLINOIS. “Most Pennsylvanians avoided the big budget hurt when the state ran out of money Friday to cover $2.5 billion in bills amid a onths-long budget stalemate in the state Capitol. With the Legislature unable to pass tax and revenue bills to pay for the state budget since July, … Wolf announced the state temporarily would default on medical and pension bills rather than not pay state employees or shut down programs. … The governor also postponed the state’s $581 million payment that was due Monday for its share of pension obligations to the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System. … The longer the stalemate goes on, the more taxpayers will pay if Wall Street bond rating companies go through with their threat to raise the cost of the state’s bonds due to unstable politics.” (Allentown Morning Call)

“The feel-good bipartisan spirit that … Wolf tried to instill last year in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is gone, stomped to bits in an increasingly ugly budget stalemate. … To a significant degree, that feud is between the huge Republican majorities that run the House and the Senate. It is also inside of those majorities, pitting southeastern Pennsylvania moderates against anti-tax conservatives who hail from much of the rest of the state. … Nearly three months into the fiscal year, lawmakers are grappling with how to resolve state government’s largest cash shortfall since the recession, now a projected $2.2 billion gap in a $32 billion budget.” (AP)

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