Democrats decry Republican agreed-to budget prospects

Democrats decry Republican agreed-to budget prospects

House and Senate Democrats Thursday responded to reports of an agreed-to budget among the Republican caucuses that is likely to take more detailed shape over the next several days.

Legislative Democratic leaders held a closed-door discussion with Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to detail strategy and plan for the coming days.

House Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) couched the coming budget proposal as “more of the same.”

“They’re really not serious about talking,” he said. “The governor and Democrats have been at the table and offered some things to them that have been pretty much ignored and they just want to do what they’ve done for the last four years and kind of go on their merry way with all their really non-budget, gimmick-filled budgets, missed opportunity budgets.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans claim agreement reached on structural deficit; administration says conversations are ongoing

Republicans claim agreement reached on structural deficit; administration says conversations are ongoing

Republicans in the legislature are claiming a major breakthrough in the steps toward a budget agreement: agreement between them and the Wolf administration on a deficit number.

According to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), the agreement reached with the governor late last week puts the current structural deficit at $1.2 billion.

“The meeting took place maybe last Tuesday or Wednesday and the meeting was with the four chairmen of the Appropriations Committee and the four executive directors as well as the Budget Secretary as well as the governor himself,” Rep. Adolph told The PLS Reporter.

“After about an hour and a half discussion, there has been agreement that the starting point for this year is somewhere around $300 million and the structural deficit that we are working with is somewhere at $1.2 billion.”

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Due to some procedural wrangling Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf’s revenue plans was voted on by the entire House chamber Monday afternoon.

While Republicans said the vote was necessary to fund another amendment providing for the governor's spending plan, Democrats in the chamber called the maneuver a political stunt.

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee moved a vehicle budget bill to the House floor, setting the stage for the legislation to be considered on second consideration the first week of June.

House Bill 1192—which largely reflects the current fiscal year’s budget—moved the committee along a party-line vote.

“I’m not introducing House Bill 1192 as a final product,” said Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “This is a vehicle, it’s simply a placeholder so that a bill will be in place to start the budget process and hopefully complete by June 30.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democratic leadership set to introduce budget, related bills

House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) and House Democratic Appropriations Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) announced Thursday afternoon the introduction of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan and intent to introduce other major components of the governor’s comprehensive plan next week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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