House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

House returns to session to begin budget balancing blitz

After taking a roughly seven week session hiatus, the state House of Representatives made their long-awaited return to voting session Monday as the Republican caucus in that chamber looks to try to find consensus on a revenue plan that can close the state’s $2.2 billion deficit.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Advocates oppose shale tax, urge Republicans to pass a revenue plan

Advocates oppose shale tax, urge Republicans to pass a revenue plan

On Monday, the House of Representatives returned to session to work on a plan to fund the state budget. Along with session resuming, there were multiple press conferences including one with Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) who joined others to urge lawmakers to oppose a natural gas severance tax to help fund the budget.

At a later press conference people asked representatives to pass a revenue plan and discussed the cuts that are going to be made if the House doesn't get a budget together soon.

Monday, September 11, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Gov. Wolf on new House GOP budget-balancing proposal: “I feel it’s a bad idea. It’s nonsense.”

Gov. Wolf on new House GOP budget-balancing proposal: “I feel it’s a bad idea. It’s nonsense.”

In some of the strongest words used by Pennsylvania’s chief executive in the ongoing budget impasse, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday lambasted a new plan by House Republican members to balance the state’s books by using special fund transfers and other one-time sources of revenue rather than seeking revenue in the form of higher taxes and other recurring revenue sources.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House GOP coalition unveils “The Taxpayers’ Budget”

House GOP coalition unveils “The Taxpayers’ Budget”

Six weeks of work by a cadre of 18 rank-and-file House Republicans—self-entitled the “budget hawks”—was brought to fruition Tuesday as the group unveiled their long-anticipated budget plan that balances last year’s books and the $31.99 billion spending plan passed in June by utilizing special fund transfers, closing tax loopholes, moving around excess funds, and other funding maneuvers to avoid a tax increase and borrowing from the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA collects $2.1 billion in August revenue

PA collects $2.1 billion in August revenue

Friday, the Department of Revenue reported August’s revenue figures, noting the Commonwealth collected $2.1 billion for the month, bringing fiscal-year-to-date collections up to a total of $4.2 billion 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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