State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Appropriations Committee approves budget vehicle

House Appropriations Committee approves budget vehicle

The House Appropriations Committee Monday took the first in what is sure to be a series of long legislative steps to approving a FY 2017-2018 budget by unanimously approving and advancing vehicle legislation to the full House.

Monday, March 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

As the three-week stretch of budget hearings is starting to wind down, House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an initiative that will allow them to hear from state employees instead of the agency heads that have been appearing before the appropriations committees since the end of February.

 

Dubbed “SEAS” for State Employees Achieving Savings, a cadre of House Republicans led by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) announced the creation of a web portal that will allow state employees to directly contact the House Appropriations Committee with cost-savings ideas they have developed while operating on the front lines of state government.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

The legislature Tuesday began its three-week slate of budget hearings in what one ranking Appropriations Committee member called an era of “new normal.”

 

The budget hearing process, undertaken by the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate, traditionally takes place in the period following the governor’s budget address and before the run-up to the enactment of the state budget in early summer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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