Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia taxes get state legislative spotlight

Philadelphia taxes get state legislative spotlight

Two Philadelphia-specific taxes got the legislative spotlight Tuesday as the Senate Local Government Committee held a hearing on the city’s beverage tax and the House Finance Committee held a hearing examining legislation to alter the city’s wage tax.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
VIDEO: Capitol celebrations mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence Day

VIDEO: Capitol celebrations mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence Day

On Tuesday the Capitol Rotunda was joined by hundreds of residents who came to celebrate the 70th Indian Independence Day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday morning narrowly passed and sent to the House a revenue package to balance the FY 2017-2018 spending plan and close out the FY 2016-2017 deficit.

 

While narrowly passing the chamber by a 26-24 margin, the revenue package cobbled together by the Senate with a mix of Republican and Democratic support was said to be a product of a chamber aimed at leading the state’s lawmaking bodies through a nearly month-long standoff on how to fund two budgets that are roughly $2.2 billion out of balance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

The Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday night loaded bills that will provide for the substantial majority of a $2.2 billion revenue package needed to balance the current and just previously concluded fiscal year’s budgets and provide for the implementation of the budget through specific code bills.

 

About $570 million of the nearly $2 billion revenue package now set for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday represents a sea change in terms of where prior revenue discussions were heading since it does not rely mainly on gaming expansion, prior year lapses, and offline revenue transfers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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