VIDEO: Speaker Smith talks candidly about pension reform

VIDEO: Speaker Smith talks candidly about pension reform

House Speaker Sam Smith gives an update on budget negotiations. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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$29.1 billion budget plan heads for Senate floor vote

A $29.1 billion spending plan passed the Senate Appropriations Committee Sunday night along a party-line vote. The plan encompasses a compromise spending plan between House and Senate Republican leadership.

The plan, according to spreadsheets and member comments, is balanced by a mix of one-time fund transfers, escheats reform, money from non-surface impact oil and gas lease drilling, Philadelphia casino licenses, a fix to the bank shares tax, ending the Commonwealth’s share of the charter school pension “double-dip,” the federal approval of the Healthy PA plan, and transfers from the Enhanced Revenue Collections Account.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget
VIDEO: Governor links votes for pension reform, Philly cigarette tax

VIDEO: Governor links votes for pension reform, Philly cigarette tax

During a press conference in his office, Gov. Tom Corbett calls on the Philadelphia delegation to pass pension reform on behalf of the Philadelphia school district. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Meeting of legislative Republican leaders yields positive results for budget progress

A late afternoon meeting of Republican leaders from the House and Senate might have put the budget and implementation bills on track to be passed by June 30 or shortly thereafter.

“We’ve made significant progress in getting a common approach and timeframe with the House Republican leadership,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). “We have details to iron out and…many times those details are the most difficult things to iron out, but we had a very productive meeting today.”

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Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Corman discusses budget/revenue possibilities

VIDEO: Corman discusses budget/revenue possibilities

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives an update of budget negotiations after an off-the-floor meeting. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
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