$31.6 billion budget to become law regardless of revenue deal

$31.6 billion budget to become law regardless of revenue deal

Gov. Tom Wolf, in a case of first impression to many Capitol observers, announced Sunday evening his intention to let become law the $31.6 billion budget the General Assembly sent to his desk on June 30th regardless of whether or not the legislature sends him a corresponding revenue package to balance the proposal with revenues.

 

In making his announcement, Gov. Wolf said the compromise budget is “another shining example of that sort of bipartisan cooperation” that also led things like the enactment of a bill to reform alcohol sales and create a new basic education funding formula.

Sunday, July 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House loads somewhat agreed-to $31.55 billion budget

House loads somewhat agreed-to $31.55 billion budget

The House Appropriations Committee Monday evening loaded into Senate Bill 1073—a budget bill left over from the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse—a $31.55 billion state spending plan for FY 2016-2017 that has sign-off from House Republican and Democratic leadership.

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 17

A budget and pension discussion-packed podcast awaits you! Hear budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Appropriations Chairmen Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny). 

We get into the pension bill that passed the House this week, getting Senate reaction from Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna). Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who sponsored the proposal, provides a defense of his plan.

The crew also talks about the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports betting, hearing from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and House Gaming Oversight Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin). 

The podcast then turns to a talk on statute of limitations reform with comments from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

We wrap up talking about a hearing creating a centralized agency for administrative hearings and what's new with combatting the opioid addiction epidemic.

All of that in less than 30 minutes!

CLICK HERE to listen to the latest episode.

Friday, June 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
With 17 days left, budget slog continues

With 17 days left, budget slog continues

Lawmakers have just 17 days before the end of the current fiscal year and a budget should be in place for the start of the new fiscal year.

On Monday, some of those responsible for negotiating the spending plan told The PLS Reporter of progress toward their June 30th goal.

Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

The famous quote uttered by Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in the otherwise rather flat Godfather III could be applied to Pennsylvania’s current budget Sitz im Leben.

As the General Assembly put the finishing touches on a revised Fiscal Code that contains controversial education funding components—a move Republicans at least claim will put the final touches on the FY 2015-2016 budget—a budget vehicle for FY 2016-2017 was put in place by the House Appropriations Committee that sets the stage for the slog toward what is hoped to be an on-time budget plan.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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