House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

After taking a roughly seven week session hiatus, the state House of Representatives made their long-awaited return to voting session Monday as the Republican caucus in that chamber looks to try to find consensus on a revenue plan that can close the state’s $2.2 billion deficit.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Markosek: “The leadership in the House Democratic caucus is at least on board with trying to get those votes” for budget revenue

Markosek: “The leadership in the House Democratic caucus is at least on board with trying to get those votes” for budget revenue

The halls of state Capitol remained quiet Monday as Pennsylvania’s revenue-related budget impasse rolled into its ninth full week.

While a few members of House legislative leadership were in the building, not much visible progress was made toward balancing the state’s $31.99 billion spending plan, which is currently $2.2 billion out of balance.

Monday, August 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate hopes to catalyze revenue agreement with return to Harrisburg

Senate hopes to catalyze revenue agreement with return to Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Senate returned to voting session Monday as the Commonwealth’s FY 2017-2018 unbalanced spending plan has been in law for a week.

 

While the Senate did very little actual voting, a lot of the work on Monday was behind the scenes with leaders and staff working across chambers to try and reach agreement on a $2.2 billion revenue package to close out the previous fiscal year and balance the current year’s budget.

Monday, July 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Another day ticked down to when Gov. Tom Wolf must make a decision regarding an unbalanced budget and state legislative leaders were still far apart Friday on getting to a global agreement on a revenue package of more than $2 billion to close out the FY 2016-2017 fiscal year and bring in to balance the current year’s spending plan, which is currently before the governor.

 

Speaking to reporters after a Friday House voting session that saw members vote on housekeeping measures, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) reiterated a message he sent to his fellow House Republicans on Thursday: there is no revenue deal.

Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Revenue discussions continue as lawmakers work to meet Monday deadline

Revenue discussions continue as lawmakers work to meet Monday deadline

With June 30th coming and going, so goes another month of revenues and the close of the FY 2016-2017 budget year; however, unlike previous months, June’s revenue did come in slightly over estimate.

 

According to figures reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the Commonwealth’s General Fund revenues for the month of June came in just more than $11 million over estimate. While major revenue generators like the personal income and sales and use tax were down, the corporate net income tax and inheritance tax outpaced estimates to put the Commonwealth in the black for the month of June.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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