Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

The General Assembly’s 2018-19 budget bill advanced in leaps and bounds Wednesday, moving from out of the House and onto the Senate Floor by day’s end.

HB 2121, the state’s $32.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year, passed the House by a resounding 188-10 margin before arriving in the Senate and getting near unanimous approval in the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Another week into June, and details on the budget are still slow coming, but Capitol observers think that could just be a sign that a deal is near.

In fact, one of the few disagreements to bubble up has had more to do with federal policy trickling down than the state level problems.

Saturday, June 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

With the start of June, a wave of advocates has descended on Harrisburg to make their pitch for funding, from programs for people with disabilities to school safety.

Some of those priorities are bipartisan. Others shade to one party or another. But while no exact numbers or funding plans are out just yet, that doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done.

Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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