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Links: Corbett gets first 50 percent approval rating

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 29, 2011 12:50 PM

A new poll shows that Governor Corbett’s approval rating saw a jump among women.  The Quinnipiac survey shows women approve of the Governor’s job 45 to 34 percent, up from 37 to 41 percent in August.  Corbett’s overall approval rating is 50 to 32 percent – his highest grade yet. 

 

From Tim Malloy, the Quinnipiac Polling Institute’s assistant director:

 

“Compared to struggling first-term Republican Governors Rick Scott in Florida and John Kasich in Ohio, two other swing states, Gov. Corbett’s .500 average makes him an all-star candidate.”

 

Also included in the poll: questions about natural gas drilling, selling off the state’s liquor stores, and privatizing state parks.  Results show voters are only on board with the first two.

 

“The governor’s support of drilling in the Marcellus Shale and of privatizing the state’s liquor stores are in step with voters,” Malloy said.

 

“But voters want their park rangers to be state employees, rather than having the job outsourced to private contractors, and they oppose by a small margin privatizing health care for state prisoners.”

 

The state House approved amended legislation to give the state power to take over Harrisburg Wednesday.  It’s expected the bill will be taken up in the Senate for a final vote on the week of October 17th.  From the Patriot-News:

 

In a last-ditch attempt to keep control, [Mayor Linda] Thompson asked City Council to vote on her twice-rejected fiscal plan a third time, knowing the four members who shot it down will not approve it. A time for the vote has not yet been set.

 

“This is our last best chance to maintain the elected will of the citizens of this city before handing over the process to the new recovery legislation,” she said this week.

 

Next stop, the governor’s desk: a bill creating stricter rules for teenage drivers passed the House in a final vote Wednesday.  Corbett is expected to sign the legislation, which limits the number of passengers that can be in the car with a driver under 18 years of age.  It also requires all drivers and passengers under 18 to wear seat belts.  (Tribune-Review)

 

Flea-dipping the therapeutic cat may have been a bit much:  a Welfare Department official says the lack of tight fiscal regulations is the reason for tax dollar waste in a state aid program intended to help people with intellectual disabilities.  (Post-Gazette)

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