VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives the latest news in budget negotiations. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.25.14

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

  • Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to present the findings of the Joint State Government Commission report, "Childhood Obesity: Report of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity". As a result of HR 243, Rep. Grove said that the Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity was formed to bring numerous public and private stakeholders into a dialogue about the prevalence and impact of childhood obesity across the state. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators may linger past June 30 even if budget passes on time

While a General Appropriations bill might meet the June 30 deadline, it is increasingly likely that the ancillary bills needed to implement it may not.

Senate leadership has indicated it may take longer to get the other, necessary pieces in place that allow the actual budget to be implemented.

“I think, overall, it’s a good budget,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre). “We’ll have some changes, obviously. We don’t have the votes to create $385 million worth of liquor revenue…so we’ll have to close that gap another way.”

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Governor helping promote House pension plan to reluctant legislators

The governor’s office has jumped in to help House Republican leaders persuade less-than-enthusiastic members to embrace the House pension plan proposal.

Some in House leadership say the proposal has been the subject of a misinformation campaign by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA).

“House Republican leadership has asked that we provide some follow up with individual members to help them understand pensions as it is a complex issue and we’ve been meeting with them to help answer any questions they have and clarify any information they need,” said Jay Pagni, Press Secretary to Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House budget bill faces uncertain future in Senate

Though passed out of committee as a budget bill reflecting FY 2014-2015 spending priorities only on Tuesday, the current form of House Bill 2328 is already facing an uncertain future as it steadily heads to the Senate this week.

“The good news is we are on schedule,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). “Their spending figure is in the ballpark of what our caucus would like to see as a spending figure.”

Referring to House Bill 2328, Sen. Pileggi said he is not certain that the revenue side of the House’s equation will stick, particularly the $380 million to be derived from state liquor store privatization.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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