Hansjörg Wyss Returns To The News — Hansjörg Wyss, the reclusive Swiss billionaire and mega-donor to American Democrats, returned to the news this week when it was revealed that he was funneling millions to Democrat-supporting “nonprofits” to influence the midterm elections.
It was estimated that Wyss has funneled more than $253 million to Democratic candidates and related causes since 2016 — including efforts to impeach President Trump.
We contacted the office for an update and it was explained that it was decided in 2014 that the evidence in the case was insufficient for a prosecution. New evidence was obtained in 2017 but after review it was still considered insufficient and the case was never reopened.
Temp Covid Money Means Forever Program Hikes In Pa— The Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit group that works to strengthen public service education and effective government, has released a report saying that Pennsylvania is among the states about to go off a fiscal cliff due to unwise use of federal covid largess.
The Keystone State got $7.3 billion from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and appropriated $4.6 billion for the 2022 budget with $3.8 billion going to the General Fund.
Of that $2.5 billion was used to increase in the Department of Human Services budget by increasing the state’s Medicaid program, called Medical Assistance; giving $300 million for the Basic Education subsidy to school districts; and gains in other education programs i.e. $30 million for early learning, $11 million for early intervention preschool services, and $50 million for special education subsidies to school districts.
State health care centers and local health departments also received more funding.
“Although some of the health-related spending might be temporary, depending on the pandemic, education needs are likely to continue,” according the the report authored by Beverly Bunch.