BUDGET UPDATE: Bill could be introduced Monday, iGaming might be on the outs, June 30 still a realistic goal

Wednesday was the final legislative day of the first week of June and the budget remained a fluid situation.

“Meetings are continuing and we all agree on what has to be done and we are working on it, trying to get votes,” House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) told The PLS Reporter.

He said a budget bill could be introduced early next week, with other sources confirming it could come as soon as Monday. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Tags: budget

iGaming Could Mean Regulatory Concerns and Likely Revenue, Hearing Reveals

As previewed by The PLS Reporter, the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a hearing on Pennsylvania’s gaming industry Tuesday, with a focus on what the introduction of internet gaming—or iGaming—could mean for Pennsylvania.

“It should be,” said Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) in regard to whether iGaming should be part of the revenue picture for the upcoming budget.

Sen. Scarnati, the Senate President Pro Tempore, was the author of Senate Resolution 273, which became the enabling impetus for a report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on iGaming and other gaming reforms for Pennsylvania.

That report was the starting point for today’s hearing.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

The Senate State Government Committee advanced two bills today that would reduce the size of the General Assembly, eliminate the office of Lieutenant Governor, and reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior courts.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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“Painful” Line-by-Line Discussion Predominated House GOP Caucus Tuesday

The House Republicans were caucusing for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon. What were they talking about?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

Pensions Dominate Senate GOP Caucus Discussions, House Caucuses Tuesday on Budget

As most internal discussions turn to formulation of the budget, according to one Republican senator, his members used today’s caucus discussion to focus on if and/or how state and public school employee pensions should be reformed.

House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) confirmed his caucus will hold a two-hour minimum caucus on the budget Tuesday.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Tags: budget
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