Pennsylvania will see a change in leadership in the form of newly elected Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who defeated incumbent Republican Tom Corbett Tuesday night.
Charlie Gerow, CEO of Quantum Communications, told Pennsylvania Business Daily that he believed Wolf’s election will have an impact on the state’s business climate.
“Governor-elect Wolf has said that he would like to increase taxes and change the regulatory environment, which could be troubling to businesses small and large,” Gerow said.
Wolf will need to be “extremely persuasive” to get things passed by a party that, based on the issues they campaigned on, is opposed to the issues that Wolf campaigned on, Tony May, a partner at Triad Strategies, said. He also said the possibility of gridlock is even stronger than it was in the Corbett administration.
“The margin of the vote shows that to many, it was a vote against Corbett, instead of a vote for Wolf," May said. “This is an opportunity for Wolf to be a different kind of governor.”
To G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll and a professor of public affairs at the college, the election of a Democrat as governor in a state with a history of Republican leadership doesn’t really have broader implications. Like May, Madonna said the election was a rejection of Tom Corbett – it wasn’t about Wolf.
“The Republicans will have firm control,” he said.
It’s too early to tell, though, how Wolf’s election will affect the state, Madonna said.
“The big day will be the second Tuesday in March -- budget day. We need to find out what his priorities are. We need specifics on all the things he was vague about.”
"The governor will have to find a way to deal with a $2 billion structural deficit and to find new revenue or make further cuts," Madonna said. “New revenue will have to come, and the (natural gas in the) Marcellus Shale is a likely possibility for immediate revenue.”