HARRISBURG — A Mt. Lebanon woman with long-standing ties to the Republican Party will head Gov. Tom Corbett's staff as he tries to reignite a stalled legislative agenda and drive up sagging poll numbers. Leslie Gromis Baker, 53, a former aide to ex-Gov. Tom Ridge, has amassed experience in government, lobbying, campaigns and public relations. She replaces Chief of Staff Steve Aichele, a former power lawyer and Navy captain. Aichele was paid $154,900. It's unclear whether the third chief of staff in three years will make a difference for Corbett, whose re-election next year is on the line. The shake-up in his inner circle last week follows Corbett's strikeout on legislative priorities: liquor privatization, new money for transportation, and pension reform.
Jake Haulk is president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.
Begun six years ago with great fanfare and ambitious goals, the Pittsburgh Promise is falling well short of its primary objectives to improve the quality of education and raise enrollment in
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