1) Not quite sure that to make of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to reclassify Internet service providers as public utilities? The reactions of those who make their living from providing that service – the ISPs – should tell you pretty much everything you need to know. And Comcast, AT&T and Verizon are all unhappy about the decision (although Verizon gets bonus points for a great press release).
2) Kudos to Governor Go Time, whose push to find inefficiencies turned up a pretty decent number: $109 million that can be cut out of the 2015-16 state budget. Most of those savings can be realized by streamlining the state's procurement processes. Still on the horizon: Mr. Wolf's goal of finding $150 million in savings for the next fiscal year.
3) We had a pretty good inkling that the state House – led by Rep. Mike Turzai, a top privatization backer who also serves as speaker of the House – would vote to approve a package that would privatize Pennsylvania's liquor control system. Officials in the Senate, however, are already making it clear that privatization isn't a priority there and Mr. Wolf said on Thursday he would veto the House bill if it makes it to his desk.
4) Legislation that would require state-related universities – we're talking about Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln here – to disclose more information about how they operate contains a loophole that would allow those schools to hide salary information that they're currently required to reveal. Sen. John Blake, a Democrat from Lackawanna County and the bill's prime sponsor, said he'll seek an amendment to get that fixed.
5) As we mentioned earlier in the week, having a majority in both houses of Congress isn't a guarantee that things are going to go well. U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, a Republican from the Harrisburg area, has another caution for his party mates: Playing hardball now – particularly if there's a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security -- could mean dire consequences for the party. "They will damage us as we move into a presidential year and damage our likely presidential nominees," Mr. Dent told The Hill.