General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

The Senate State Government Committee advanced two bills today that would reduce the size of the General Assembly, eliminate the office of Lieutenant Governor, and reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior courts.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

“Painful” Line-by-Line Discussion Predominated House GOP Caucus Tuesday

The House Republicans were caucusing for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon. What were they talking about?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

Pensions Dominate Senate GOP Caucus Discussions, House Caucuses Tuesday on Budget

As most internal discussions turn to formulation of the budget, according to one Republican senator, his members used today’s caucus discussion to focus on if and/or how state and public school employee pensions should be reformed.

House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) confirmed his caucus will hold a two-hour minimum caucus on the budget Tuesday.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

New Revenue Sources Likely to be Included in Budget

Monday morning saw the first of what will likely be many June meetings between House and Senate leadership to formulate a state budget.

Following that meeting, Republican leadership in both chambers agreed new revenue sources, fund transfers, and the efficacy of continuing tax cuts will all be on the table to balance a state budget that will follow months of less-than-expected revenue collections.

The exact nature of what that will look like, however, differed.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

As Budget Deadline Draws Near, Bill’s Introduction Lingers

In 2011, newly-minted House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) promised the House would pass a budget by Memorial Day, that year falling on May 30.

On May 24, 2011, that promise was made true when the House—after much debate—passed a budget by a 109-92 margin. While the budget was not finally signed into law until June 30 of that year, the passage in May was a sea change from prior years under the Rendell administration.

Fast forward three budget cycles to the present, May 30, 2014, and no general appropriations bill has been introduced in either chamber. By the time the General Assembly returns on June 2, Memorial Day will have been a week away.

So when can one expect to see formal legislation introduced, officially kicking off the annual June budget season?

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Friday, May 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget
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