VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives the latest news in budget negotiations. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators may linger past June 30 even if budget passes on time

While a General Appropriations bill might meet the June 30 deadline, it is increasingly likely that the ancillary bills needed to implement it may not.

Senate leadership has indicated it may take longer to get the other, necessary pieces in place that allow the actual budget to be implemented.

“I think, overall, it’s a good budget,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre). “We’ll have some changes, obviously. We don’t have the votes to create $385 million worth of liquor revenue…so we’ll have to close that gap another way.”

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

House budget bill faces uncertain future in Senate

Though passed out of committee as a budget bill reflecting FY 2014-2015 spending priorities only on Tuesday, the current form of House Bill 2328 is already facing an uncertain future as it steadily heads to the Senate this week.

“The good news is we are on schedule,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). “Their spending figure is in the ballpark of what our caucus would like to see as a spending figure.”

Referring to House Bill 2328, Sen. Pileggi said he is not certain that the revenue side of the House’s equation will stick, particularly the $380 million to be derived from state liquor store privatization.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; discusses liquor reform, pensions

VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; discusses liquor reform, pensions

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi gives the latest update in budget news. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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House budget bill takes shape

The House Republican Caucus successfully amended the placeholder budget bill Tuesday afternoon and House Bill 2328 was voted out of committee as an actual $29.1 billion spending plan.

“This is a balanced proposal which helps move Pennsylvania forward,” said Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “This is not the end of the discussions and I’m sure the Senate will make some changes to this plan.”

Chairman Adolph explained that the spend number is $536 million—or 1.9 percent—more than the last fiscal year and assumes 3.2 percent of growth for FY 2014-2015, which he said is consistent with Independent Fiscal Office Estimates.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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