Legislature, administration split on whether June 30 budget goal is obtainable

As the Senate moved the General Appropriations bill out of the Appropriations Committee Thursday evening, voices in the legislature and administration remain split on whether the constitutionally mandated June 30 budget deadline is obtainable.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Governor demands vote on pension reform

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday took the unusual step of heading to the Capitol Newsroom to call the General Assembly to vote on pension reform, citing concerns over the Commonwealth’s debt rating.

“This is not a partisan issue, this is a taxpayer issue,” he said. “In addition to giving us a little more room and save money for the people of Pennsylvania in the long run, [it] deals with our credit-worthiness in this country and deals with the rating agencies.”

Gov. Corbett noted credit rating agencies have been looking at Pennsylvania to determine whether they will downgrade the Commonwealth’s rating because of the instability of the pension issue.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House sends $29.1 billion budget to Senate as negotiations continue

After nearly three hours of debate Wednesday, the House of Representatives sent a $29.1 billion spending plan to the Senate for consideration by a 110-93 vote.

During the debate on final passage, Republicans noted the difficult nature of this year’s budget in the loss of federal funds and lackluster revenue, but praised the budget for increasing education, public welfare, and environmental spending.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators may linger past June 30 even if budget passes on time

While a General Appropriations bill might meet the June 30 deadline, it is increasingly likely that the ancillary bills needed to implement it may not.

Senate leadership has indicated it may take longer to get the other, necessary pieces in place that allow the actual budget to be implemented.

“I think, overall, it’s a good budget,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre). “We’ll have some changes, obviously. We don’t have the votes to create $385 million worth of liquor revenue…so we’ll have to close that gap another way.”

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Governor helping promote House pension plan to reluctant legislators

The governor’s office has jumped in to help House Republican leaders persuade less-than-enthusiastic members to embrace the House pension plan proposal.

Some in House leadership say the proposal has been the subject of a misinformation campaign by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA).

“House Republican leadership has asked that we provide some follow up with individual members to help them understand pensions as it is a complex issue and we’ve been meeting with them to help answer any questions they have and clarify any information they need,” said Jay Pagni, Press Secretary to Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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