Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Returning from four days away from the state Capitol, and with just a handful of voting session days scheduled before the traditional June 30 budget deadline, legislative leaders returned to Harrisburg Monday reporting little progress on getting a consensus on a spending and revenue plan that will close out FY 2016-2017 and provide for FY 2017-2018.

 

While those responsible for crafting the fiscal plan promised to talk over the four days where members were away from Harrisburg, it appears those meetings—if they occurred at all—proved to move the ball forward only inches (or less) on getting a deal on the main points of a spending plan.

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

As the Pennsylvania budget is due within the next several days, a group of advocates filled the main Capitol rotunda to call for a budget that is fair and creates new revenue sources for education, human services, and environmental protection.

The advocates are part of Pennsylvania’s Choice, a coalition that includes—among others—the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Keystone Progress, and Public Interest Law Center.

Currently, the legislature has proposed using cuts to state programs like the DEP and revenue sources like gambling and tobacco to try and close the deficit the Commonwealth is facing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 46: Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

This week Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) joins the podcast to talk about the state budget and some of his ideas for how to generate revenue.
Friday, June 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding held a rally Thursday morning to urge the General Assembly to grant the $100 million increase to basic education funding formula proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Advocates said that the Pennsylvania constitution guarantees each student in the commonwealth receives a thorough and efficient education, but school districts are facing a difficult time funding this provision.

Currently, Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, along with the House’s proposal, has granted basic education the $100 million the group has hoped for. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

With rank-and-file legislators heading out of town Wednesday and not set to return to Harrisburg until just five days shy of the traditional June 30th budget deadline, legislative leaders were continuing to come up short on an agreement on a spending plan and revenue package that will close out the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budget cycles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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