As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

It’s just about ten days until the traditional budget deadline of June 30/July 1 and as things look on Tuesday, a lot remains on the table to be agreed to.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

GOP Appropriations chairmen optimistic about on-time budget

As pension reform legislation is likely to wind up shortly in the legislative rearview mirror, all eyes will soon be turning into work on a state budget, which now only has 24 days remaining until the next fiscal year begins and a budget is set to be in place.

 

On Monday, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) and Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) for an update on where things stand.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday took action on two high-profile pieces of legislation: one that would significantly reform public pensions and the other expanding gaming.

 

Both concepts are seen as major priorities for Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

A much anticipated pension reform proposal from the Senate was formally introduced Thursday, getting the designation of Senate Bill 1 for the second straight session.

 

The designation of Bill 1 in either chamber is traditionally set aside for legislation of the highest public importance or as a symbolic measure to articulate the priority of the majority caucus.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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