Senate Democratic leaders provide June forecast

Senate Democratic leaders provide June forecast

Following a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, The PLS Reporter caught up with Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to find out what they think is needed to get to a final budget product.

“We’re working towards a June 30th deadline,” Sen. Costa said.

“Our caucus’s role is going to be to advocate for a significant increase in education funding, I think it’s what the people of Pennsylvania want us to do,” he added. “We’ll be looking at trying to grow jobs and do what we can with respect to economic development and making sure we can address the very structural deficit that we have in Pennsylvania so we’re on strong financial ground going forward fiscally.”

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democratic leaders discuss budget strategy, property tax relief with governor

Senate Democratic leaders discuss budget strategy, property tax relief with governor

Upon their leaving a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf, The PLS Reporter caught up with two members of Senate Democratic leadership who discussed its contents and their views of the conversation.

“It was just a general meeting, that’s all,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “We’re back after a long legislative break, through the budget hearings and now we’re sort of getting coordinated in learning what we learned over the last several weeks and how we move forward.”

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats will assess support for Wolf’s spending plan after budget hearings

Senate Democrats will assess support for Wolf’s spending plan after budget hearings

A day after Democratic leaders from both chambers gave universal support to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget plan, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) said the full depth of the caucus’s support will be more accurately found following budget hearings.

“To say I have 100 percent of our members on board, I can’t say that and I will never say that,” Sen. Costa told reporters. “I will say to you we haven’t heard objections, significant objections from our members when they look at [the budget proposal] in a comprehensive way.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Late night debate on debating could lead to additional session days

The Senate wrapped up its scheduled Tuesday session day around 1:00 a.m. early Wednesday morning following nearly two hours of debate and caucus on whether to extend debate past the self-imposed 11:00 p.m. deadline and what the calendar would look like after 11:00.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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