Budget process moved along by reporting of vehicle general appropriations bill, other budget-related bills as all options remain on the table

Budget process moved along by reporting of vehicle general appropriations bill, other budget-related bills as all options remain on the table

As expected Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee in its standing committee capacity voted out a vehicle FY 2014-2015 general appropriations bill with some debate, but little controversy.

“Many of the challenges with this budget and the slow progress of this year’s budget process can be attributed to the revenue collection shortfall and several unanticipated costs that have created a substantial budget gap that we need to close,” committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) said during Wednesday’s committee meeting.

Among the major revenue losses, Chairman Adolph noted the loss of federal medical assistance percentages (FMAP) dollars, losses due to the fiscal cliff, and changes to capital gains tax rules at the federal level.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Adolph acknowledges this is the latest a budget vehicle bill has been introduced

VIDEO: Adolph acknowledges this is the latest a budget vehicle bill has been introduced

Majority Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Bill Adolph talked about the struggles that they face as budget negotiations continue during today's House Appropriations Committee meeting.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Rep. Markosek: "We have a Herculean task in front of us" in passing FY 2014-15 state budget

VIDEO: Rep. Markosek: "We have a Herculean task in front of us" in passing FY 2014-15 state budget

During today's House Appropriations Committee meeting, Minority Chairman Joe Markosek said he has some fears regarding state budget negotiations and acknowledged a long road ahead. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Though on House calendar, pension reform only a possibility for Wednesday consideration

Though on House calendar, pension reform only a possibility for Wednesday consideration

While the proposal that is expected to eventually become the hybrid pension reform plan is on the House marked calendar for Wednesday, those inside the House GOP caucus indicate actually bringing the legislation up for a vote at this point is only a possibility.

“At this point we are disseminating information,” said Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), the lead sponsor of the amendments to be offered to House Bill 1353 that will comprise of the hybrid pension plan.

“That process of just communicating with all the members needs more work. As you caucus a bill, questions arise and those questions are genuine and need to be addressed and we are in the process of doing that right now,” he added. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.10.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.10.14

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

The Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council and the Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association held a joint press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to observe Apprentice Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. The groups discussed the value of various apprentice training programs in the Commonwealth and their impact on quality and safety in the construction industry. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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