Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

With public pension reform signed into law Monday, lawmakers will soon turn their attention to crafting a state spending plan, which is due in just 18 days as of this writing.

 

While high-level five-party negotiations have not been the norm in crafting the coming year’s spending plan, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that with pension reform completed and budgetary pieces like a gaming expansion bill making their way to the finish line, negotiations are likely to heat up soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 44: Wendell Young IV

Wendell Young IV, the president of UFCW 1776, joins the podcast this week to argue against further liquor privatization. We talk about the budgetary side of the debate, how further privatization might impact jobs, and what his organization will be up to in order to prevent further privatization legislation from becoming law.

 

In an overview of the week's news, we discuss the House vote on gaming expansion legislation, the pension reform bill on the governor's desk, and give a budget update.

Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed operational fee for Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

In order to increase funding for state police, Gov. Wolf has proposed a $25 per capita fee on local municipalities that do not otherwise have full time or part time police coverage.

Legislators had preliminary concerns about creating the $25 fee, because the average cost is around $225 for a trooper, and they believe this number could rise in the future costing taxpayers much more money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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
DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

DePasquale, Torsella warn lawmakers that internal borrowing to plug General Fund holes might be a thing of the past

In a letter to lawmakers dated Wednesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella warmed members of the General Assembly that the “Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges” might put an end to the often-used tool of borrowing from Treasury funds to ensure the General Fund does not fall into a negative balance.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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