Legislature weighs options as Gov. Wolf allows PA budget spending plan to become law without his signature

Legislature weighs options as Gov. Wolf allows PA budget spending plan to become law without his signature

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday afternoon announced he was going to allow the $31.99 billion spending plan on his desk to become law without his signature as he and the legislature continue to negotiate on a revenue plan to fully fund state operations. 

Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

As top state lawmakers continued to struggle to find a global agreement on a nearly $2.2 billion revenue package Sunday night, it looks more and more likely that Gov. Tom Wolf will have to make a decision about whether to partially or fully veto the $31.99 billion state spending plan on his desk or allow it to lapse into law since an agreement is unlikely to wind through the legislative process by the Monday midnight deadline to bring it into balance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

With little more than two days remaining before a midnight Monday deadline for Gov. Tom Wolf to decide how he’ll handle the FY 2017-2018 state spending plan should it remain unbalanced, Republican legislative leaders picked up the pace of their revenue discussions Saturday as linchpin gaming expansion issues narrowed in difference between the two chambers’ demands.

Saturday, July 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement

Another day ticked down to when Gov. Tom Wolf must make a decision regarding an unbalanced budget and state legislative leaders were still far apart Friday on getting to a global agreement on a revenue package of more than $2 billion to close out the FY 2016-2017 fiscal year and bring in to balance the current year’s spending plan, which is currently before the governor.

 

Speaking to reporters after a Friday House voting session that saw members vote on housekeeping measures, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) reiterated a message he sent to his fellow House Republicans on Thursday: there is no revenue deal.

Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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S&P downgrades PA credit outlook as revenue deal continues to evade legislative leaders

S&P downgrades PA credit outlook as revenue deal continues to evade legislative leaders

Much like the death of Mark Twain, it appears rumors of legislative leaders being close to a deal on a revenue package to close out FY 2016-2017 and balance FY 2017-2018 are greatly exaggerated.

 

After another quiet day in the Capitol Thursday that saw some rank-and-file members begin to return to the Capitol in advance of Friday’s planned House session day, it appears as though lawmakers are still nowhere near a global agreement that will bring about $2.2 billion to balance the Commonwealth’s books.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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