Budget negotiators find new resolve, but remain far apart

Budget negotiators find new resolve, but remain far apart

After a 2:00 p.m. closed-door meeting Wednesday, top legislative leaders and aides from both parties in the two chambers of the General Assembly emerged with Gov. Tom Wolf and his high ranking staff boasting renewed resolve to find agreement on a General Fund budget, but recognizing the two sides remain far apart on numbers.

With the governor’s fiscal year-eve veto of the Republican-crafted budget bill sent to his desk, Pennsylvania’s new fiscal year started off without a spending plan in place, leaving the potential for vendors and human service organizations to be cut off from needed state funds.

One thing all parties agreed to after Wednesday’s meeting was that staff meetings would begin immediately on topics, but substantive budget negotiations between the governor and legislative leaders would not begin again until after the July 4th holiday.

“We’re going to be working between now and the weekend, and then on Monday all sides are going to sit down to work with working groups,” said Gov. Wolf. “We now have two plans out there, mine and the plan that came out last night, and we’re going to sit down and spend how long it takes and make sure we are on the same page.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: "We understand that we have to reconcile our ideas," Gov. Wolf says after latest budget meeting with GOP

VIDEO: "We understand that we have to reconcile our ideas," Gov. Wolf says after latest budget meeting with GOP

Gov. Tom Wolf offers some remarks after Wednesday's budget meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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ICYMI: Republican leaders urge Gov. Wolf to sign their spending plan

ICYMI: Republican leaders urge Gov. Wolf to sign their spending plan

Before Gov. Wolf's veto announcement Tuesday evening, Republican leaders gathered for a press conference to urge the governor to sign their spending plan. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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ICYMI: Senate Dems. give their reaction to GOP-crafted budget

ICYMI: Senate Dems. give their reaction to GOP-crafted budget

After the GOP-crafted budget was debated and passed on the Senate floor Tuesday evening, Senate Democrats offered some remarks on what they would of liked to see happen. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gov. Wolf to veto entire GOP-crafted budget, calls proposal “a mess”

Gov. Wolf to veto entire GOP-crafted budget, calls proposal “a mess”

Shortly after Republicans were praising the historic and substantial nature of passing pension reform, liquor privatization, and a no-tax increase $30.2 billion budget, Gov. Tom Wolf put the brakes on the spending plan, announcing he intends to veto the proposal in its entirety.

“It’s what I feared, this is a budget that absolutely doesn’t work,” said Gov. Wolf in announcing his intention to veto the entire proposal. “The math doesn’t work, it doesn’t address the challenges Pennsylvania faces.”

Gov. Wolf also argued the budget is not balanced and will lead Pennsylvania to face a $3 billion deficit for the FY 2016-2017 budget.

He called the proposal “a mess.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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