Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Following Tuesday’s weekly budget meeting between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republican leadership, negotiators remained silent as to possible areas of potential agreement, but offered mixed reaction as to the progress of the ongoing negotiations surrounding the budget and related major pieces of legislation.

Tuesday’s discussions lasted about 30 minutes.

First out of the meeting to catch up with reporters was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that talks are still progressing on the big issues.

“Certainly, sometimes these meetings are more going through an update on what staff has been meeting on in the working groups,” he said. “We’re still plowing ahead.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Following Tuesday morning’s meeting between legislative Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told The PLS Reporter “there’s a wide gulf on many issues.”

“We’re continuing to meet, there’s a lot of issues to cover, a lot of work to do,” he said exiting the meeting.

Also leaving the meeting was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who struck just a slightly more optimistic tone about resolving outstanding issues including pension reform and liquor privatization.

However, he said one sticking point continues to be the exact amount of the deficit that needs to be tackled in the FY 2015-2016 budget, until that can be determined, Rep. Reed said those issues will have to wait.

“We need to figure out what is a structural deficit [and] that folks are actually agreeing on what the numbers are,” he said. “There still is a significant difference between the House and the Senate, where the IFO and where the Budget Secretary is on what an actual budget deficit is.” 

Tuesday, June 9, 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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Pending contingencies, Rep. Grell to leave legislature for PSERS

Pending contingencies, Rep. Grell to leave legislature for PSERS

Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) confirmed to The PLS Reporter Wednesday that, pending the fulfillment of a number of outstanding contingencies, he will leave the legislature to take over as executive director for the Public School Employee Retirement System.

“The offer has been made, there’s some contingencies on it, assuming those are satisfied, we would expect to accept the offer,” he said.

According to a news release from PSERS, the offer is effective May 1, 2015, and depends on a number of necessary approvals and background checks.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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