Over the past 20 years we've had two governors called “one-term Tom” by pundits: Republicans Tom Ridge and Tom Corbett. Ridge actually won a second term. Corbett was the first incumbent governor defeated since a state Constitution in 1968 provided for second terms. Now do we potentially have another one-term Tom in Democrat Tom Wolf? With a state budget 75 days late as of today, and Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature seemingly entrenched in ideological positions, is this a budget that could exceed the 101-day impasse of 2009 or even extend into 2016? Wolf acts as though he doesn't care about the consequences. He's independently wealthy, spent $10 million of his own money to become governor and will be 68 when a decision on running for re-election rolls around in 2018, so he continues to insist on a budget with a $400 million boost for basic education, a natural-gas tax and tax-shifting. This column isn't to suggest Wolf, at this point, could not win another term. His polling numbers are still favorable. The question is if he is willing to risk putting himself in severe political jeopardy if he can't get a state budget, spending and taxes that he believes would make it worthwhile in a continued holdout.
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Melissa Friez did not pursue a career in education for the money. The former teacher, now principal of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School and assistant superintendent of grades 9 to 12, said her commitment to education is unwavering, regardless of pay. “I would do my job and work just as hard, with or without a pay-for-performance,” she said. “If you're doing it for money, you're not doing it for anyone but yourself.” Although Friez hopes all educators prioritize their students' education, she says recognizing teachers for their progress is valuable. In 2010, the
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