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Wolf Fills In More Slots On His Transition Team

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is fleshing out another part of his transition team.

Wolf announced his steering committee Tuesday, a group that includes a former U.S. attorney who worked in Gov. Bob Casey's administration, a diversity consultant, current and former university presidents and the head of the state's largest health care workers union.

The committee, working with leaders named last week, are tasked with conducting a top-to-bottom review of state government and shaping the incoming administration.

Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro is helping lead the assessment of the state's fiscal situation and budget.

"What we really want to find out is, what are the structural problems?" Shapiro said. "What are the real sources of the fiscal mess that we're inheriting and the hole that exists?"

The commonwealth's fiscal outlook has gone from bad to worse since Wolf began filling in his team. Last week, the state's Independent Fiscal Office reported the commonwealth is expected to face a budget deficit of $1.85 billion next year.