Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

While Gov. Tom Wolf was not hiding the fact that he was planning on agency consolidations, complement capping, and other efficiencies in the executive branch, the burning question around the Capitol since the beginning of the year was how much would the governor try to save through these efforts and how would he get it done.

 

In unveiling his $32.3 billion budget Tuesday before a Joint Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday, that question was answered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Gov. Tom Wolf gave the third budget address of his tenure Tuesday afternoon before a joint session of the General Assembly. The proposed budget he presented to legislators for FY 2017-2018 rings in at a total of $32.3 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s spending number.

 

The increase in spending comes as Pennsylvania faces an ongoing struggle with its structural deficit, leaving a hole of upwards of $700 million for the current fiscal year and potentially as high as $2.3 billion for the coming fiscal year.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Bills that would punish so-called sanctuary cities and limit the ability of unions to have political dues money automatically deducted from public employee paychecks advanced through key Senate committees Monday in their move toward final passage.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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