Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican leaders say governor’s proposed spending increases are a non-starter

Republican legislative leaders from the House and Senate responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address Tuesday afternoon, saying the nearly $1 billion spending increase over last year’s enacted budget proposed by the governor is a non-starter in their respective chambers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday gave his fourth budget address, the last of his current term, that proposes a spending plan ringing in at $33 billion in expenditures and prioritizes education funding and workforce development initiatives while once again calling for a severance tax, agency consolidations, and per capita municipal fee to pay for State Police coverage of municipalities without their own police force.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

DiGirolamo amendment could put speed bump in reducing size of General Assembly

An amendment sponsored by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) adopted Monday night to the House Bill 153 could put a speed bump in reducing the size of the General Assembly.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

SCOTUS stay denial puts redistricting future on uncertain road

In the largest in a series of blows to legislative Republican leaders seeking to halt the need to draw a new congressional map prior to a Friday deadline set out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday denied the legislators’ request for a stay in the state supreme court order.

 

While the denial by Justice Alito gives the legislative leaders an ability to appeal to the entire US Supreme Court for a stay, that does contrast with the now five-day deadline the legislature faces to get a new constitutional map to Gov. Tom Wolf before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would step in to draw one.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers make budget priorities known in advance of governor’s FY 2018-2019 budget address

Lawmakers make budget priorities known in advance of governor’s FY 2018-2019 budget address

While budget address week is a time traditionally reserved for governors to set their budget priorities and legislative agenda for the year, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate are making their budget and legislative priorities known in advance of the governor’s budget address, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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