Your third week of June budget recap

The third week of June ended much like the second week of June, with no movement of an actual FY 2014-2015 state spending plan.

However, the House is planning on considering budget amendments on Monday with a possible comprehensive budget amendment to come later in the week.

“We are moving to move the bill to the floor on Monday for second [consideration] and then back into the committee. I have full intention of amending that vehicle for a floor vote,” said Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

While it is not known at the current time whether the comprehensive spending plan will be offered during Monday’s floor session, the budget clock is ticking toward the June 30 budget deadline.

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Friday, June 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.19.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.19.14

Here are the highlights from new conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) held a press conference with PennEnvironment today to release a report on toxic substances in the Susquehanna River. Adam Garber, Field Director for PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, discussed the release of the report titled Wasting Our Waters, calling it “a new report which shows that polluting facilities dumped 10,470,231 pounds of toxic chemicals into Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams in 2012, making our state 7th worst in the nation for direct toxic discharges to our waterways.” 

Thursday, June 19, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Medical marijuana vote coming in final week of June

According to the committee chairman and the prime sponsor of the bill, a Senate proposal to allow for a medicinal marijuana extract will likely be brought up for a vote in the final week of June.

“I’m going to try to schedule a vote on that next week,” Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) told The PLS Reporter. He chairs the Senate Law and Justice Committee, where the bill currently sits awaiting action.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.18.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.18.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Better Choices Coalition held a rally this morning in the Main Capitol Rotunda to urge lawmakers not to fill the budget shortfall with cuts. Jeff Garis, Outreach Director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, emphasized the need to increase revenue to compensate for the projected revenue shortfall. "Deep cuts to critical human services, health care, and education loom in the 2014 budget as lawmakers attempt to bridge a $1.5 billion and growing funding gap." 

  • Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) held a press conference in the Capitol to introduce a package of bills detailing their effort to catalyze and incentivize high performance development and energy efficient manufacturing in Pennsylvania. The “Sustainable Development and Manufacturing Tax Credit Package” would establish a series of tax credits to encourage the business sector to invest in “green” development and manufacturing to lower energy consumption and stimulate job growth.
  • The 3D Printing Alliance held its 2014 expo in the Main Capitol Rotunda where manufacturers and educational institutions from around the state were on hand to display their work in the developing field of 3D printing.
  • State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center saying that the future of Pennsylvania’s billion dollar horse racing industry is in trouble and risks a catastrophic shutdown if measures are not taken to increase revenue and stop a diversion of racing funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.  


Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Still no movement on pension, liquor reform

Despite a second week of talks on pension reform, neither the House nor the Senate took action this week.

In the House, the hybrid plan being offered by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) still lacked the necessary votes after Wednesday’s caucus session.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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