A budget in 30 days? Some think so.

A budget in 30 days? Some think so.

As House Appropriations budget hearings wrapped up on Thursday, Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) made the bold claim that he feels there is a 30-day window approaching that could bring about an end to the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse.

The comments came in preliminary remarks before questioning with Budget Sec. Randy Albright began for the penultimate scrutiny by the House Appropriations Committee of proposed FY 2016-2017 spending.

Thursday, March 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Start of budget hearings puts lawmakers in “uncharted territory”

Start of budget hearings puts lawmakers in “uncharted territory”

The House and Senate Monday started their three-week-long budget hearing process, and right out the gate it was apparent the deep divides and differing views on budgeting that led to the ongoing FY 2015-2016 budget impasse remain as eyes turn toward the next fiscal year’s spending plan.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) began that committee’s process by noting the strange nature lawmakers find themselves.

Monday, February 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislature’s Democrats see path forward in governor’s proposed budget

Legislature’s Democrats see path forward in governor’s proposed budget

Democrats in the General Assembly reacted favorably to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed FY 2016-2017 budget and the budget address delivered Tuesday.

Noting the stark tone of the governor’s budget address, House Minority Whip Mike Hanna (D-Clinton) pointed out the governor didn’t “take any prisoners” with his speech.

“He had to come into this building and get folks to understand the crisis that we’re in,” he said. “We’re clearly in a crisis. I’ve had the opportunity to knock on a lot of doors in the last two weeks and certainly that’s what my constituents are telling me.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

After motions to revert, reconsideration of the vote on said motion, and an unusual roll call vote on second consideration, the once dead budget framework rose like a phoenix Tuesday afternoon in a spectacle that could land a $30.788 billion budget on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk by Wednesday.

The whole thing started with an amendment to the temporary budget rule encapsulated in House Resolution 627.

The original temporary rule would have required two-thirds members to approve a motion to revert to the prior printer number and would have possibly placed such a motion out of order.

The amendment to the rule placed a motion to revert to the immediately prior printer number always in order and only required a majority of members in attendance to approve the motion to revert.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House moves along emergency funding measure amid governor’s promised veto

House moves along emergency funding measure amid governor’s promised veto

If Pennsylvania’s budget situation can be compared to an airplane wildly careening toward a mountain, then Monday it appeared that the House of Representatives—particularly the House Republican caucus—began fruitlessly pulling up on the controls by moving along an emergency stopgap funding bill that would provide 11 months’ worth of funding for most government functions.

While the Senate has said they are still waiting on the details of the funding bill before they decide to call their members back to consider the legislation, Gov. Tom Wolf has said if the measure lands on his desk, he will veto the legislation in its entirety.

House Republicans were insistent Monday that the temporary funding measure that rings in at $28.23 billion is the quickest method to get funding out to schools and human services agencies while allowing parties to continue negotiating without the threat of school shutdowns after the holidays.

“Here we are the week of Christmas, we want to make sure schools open up again after Christmas break, this gets monies to schools and human services agencies as quickly as possible,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). 

Monday, December 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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