1) Randy Albright, budget secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, got to spend some quality time with the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and we learned … pretty much nothing. Mr. Albright was steadfast in his claims that Governor Go Time’s tax proposals would improve the state’s economy, bolster its general fund and make it more competitive as it tries to land new businesses; meanwhile, the Republicans running the committee were equally insistent that the governor’s tax plan would do the opposite. Don’t be discouraged, though. There are plenty of bargaining chips on the table for both sides – booze sales, pensions, bits and pieces of the administration’s tax plan – and we’ll see what they’re willing to tinker with as the budget deadline approaches this summer.
2) Sean Ramaley, the former Beaver County legislator who was one of the first to get caught up in the Bonusgate scandal – he was acquitted of corruption charges, but not before he called off a promising campaign for the state Senate – has landed a job in the Wolf administration as deputy secretary for safety and labor management relations.
3) Our friends at the Patriot-News tracked down information from a study that shows liberals are happier – marginally, at least – than conservatives.
4) Republican wunderkind Aaron Schock has resigned from Congress while questions about his spending and what appear to be sweetheart business deals followed him from Illinois – his home state – to Washington. We first heard of Mr. Schock when the Washington Post started asking questions about the new Downton Abbey décor in his Capitol Hill office; since then there have been many more questions, some of which may continue to trail him after his resignation.
5) We can’t get enough of Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com, when we’re looking for the best data we can find about politics and elections. This week, we’re spending time there for a much different reason.
6) As a bonus: It's either a candidate tracker from Associated Press, or a bunch of meaningless code. Enjoy!