Gov. Wolf eyes Senate fix to House budget plan

Gov. Wolf eyes Senate fix to House budget plan

Speaking to PJ Maloney on KQV’s morning radio program on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf said while there are positive takeaway’s from the House agreeing on a bipartisan budget plan, he is still hoping for fixes to the bill as it reaches the Senate.

 

“To do something and escape with a five percent increase in expenditures, I think, is a real feat for Republicans in the House to accomplish,” he said. “We just need to find a way to finance it.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sunday night negotiations could mean a big Monday for state budget

Sunday night negotiations could mean a big Monday for state budget

Leaders from all four legislative caucuses met Sunday night for a budget negotiating session that lasted until Monday’s early morning hours.

 

Though all leaders speaking to reporters upon the conclusion of the meetings said no budget agreement has been finalized, they noted discussions remain positive, which could prove Monday an important day to the FY 2016-2017 state budget whose deadline is just four days away.

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget deal getting closer and closer, but differences remain

Budget deal getting closer and closer, but differences remain

While the June 30th budget deadline is getting closer, so is a final budget deal, legislative leaders said Thursday.

“We’re still working out the differences, they are getting closer and closer,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

“The differences are definitely narrowing, we’ve got staff working on some of those differences…you’re probably talking several days before everything is lined up and ready to go to complete budget process, but I am still optimistic.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Scaled down gaming expansion amendment passes House

Scaled down gaming expansion amendment passes House

Despite the best laid plans of supporters of video gaming terminals—also known as VGTs—the House of Representatives Wednesday failed to pass a comprehensive gaming amendment that would have authorized their use  in Pennsylvania.

 

Instead, a more scaled down gaming amendment that will legalize and license iGaming, daily fantasy sports, and slot machines at airports and off track betting sites was added to House Bill 2150 and is set for final passage as soon as Thursday evening.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget, gaming expansion deals still elude legislators

Budget, gaming expansion deals still elude legislators

While optimism remains that an agreed-to budget can reach the governor by the start of the new fiscal year in just nine days, two big components of doing that—agreeing to a spending number and how that number will be funded—still eluded legislators Tuesday.

“We’re looking at gaming expansion. It’s not our favorite way, it’s never been my favorite way to raise revenue; if that’s all we have to do, we’re going to look at it and see what’s going to be in the final product,” said House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) after a House Rules Committee meeting Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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