Governor-elect Tom Wolf has tapped union leaders, former Rendell administration officials and private business executives to join his committee to address the expected budget crisis on the horizon.
Leading the Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force are former budget secretary Mary Soderberg and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro.
The Independent Fiscal Office released a report this month projecting a more than $2 million budget deficit in 2015. Wolf delivers his first budget address in March.
"Pennsylvania is facing challenging economic times, a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, and negative cash flow projections," said Gov,-elect Wolf. "My Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force will get to work to determine the scope of the challenges facing Pennsylvania and begin to discuss how we can get Pennsylvania's fiscal house in order."
Other members of the committee include:
Clarence D. Armbrister, the current president of Girard College. and former chief operating officer at Temple University and Managing Director of the Philadelphia School District. Armbrister, an attorney, also served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael A. Nutter from 2008-2011, where he led the daily operations of the administration and its 23,000 public employees.
Richard (Rick) Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, has also served on the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review. and currently serves as a member of the PA Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council.
Ida Castro currently serves as president of the board of directors at the Employment Opportunity & Training Center of NEPA. From 1998 to 2001, Castro served as chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and prior to that was at the Department of Labor as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
Dennis M. Davin is director of Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) and serves as director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and executive director of the: Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority, and Residential Finance Authority.
Michael Newsome is executive vice president and chief financial officer at the Wolf Organization and has 30 years of financial management experience with some of Central Pennsylvania's leading firms. He is also active as financial and strategic advisor to York area nonprofit community groups.
Bill Schenck, the founder of TriState Capital Bank, served previously as Pennsylvania secretary of banking, He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Mortgage Group, Inc., one of the top-five mortgage companies in the U.S.
Glenn D. Steele Jr., is president and ceo of Geisinger Health System. Before that he was a professor, vice president and dean at University of Chicago, Earlier, he was professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and president and ceo of Deaconess Professional Practice Group.
Larry Stern is the former chief executive officer at Talecris Biotherapeutics, where he helped orchestrate the company's IPO in 2009.Prior to that he worked as an independent consultant supporting debt and equity transactions.
Robin Wiessmann is the Pennsylvania state treasurer. In 1990, she founded a woman-owned financial services company. and also served as deputy director of finance for the City of Philadelphia.
David Yarkin currently serves as president of Government Sourcing Solutions. He was previously deputy secretary for procurement of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services,
Janet L. Yeomans is the former vice president and treasurer of 3M Corporation and is Independent Trustee of Delaware Group Income Funds - Delaware Extended Duration Bond Fund and Delaware Enhanced Global Dividend and Income Fund
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