Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

The legislature Tuesday began its three-week slate of budget hearings in what one ranking Appropriations Committee member called an era of “new normal.”

 

The budget hearing process, undertaken by the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate, traditionally takes place in the period following the governor’s budget address and before the run-up to the enactment of the state budget in early summer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Democratic leaders happy with governor’s budget, look forward to legislative review

Democratic leaders happy with governor’s budget, look forward to legislative review

Democratic leaders from both chambers reacted to the governor’s budget address Tuesday, offering wide praise for its approach and announcing they look forward to further reviewing the proposal in its entirety during the budget hearing process.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators sworn-in, chamber leaders elected in day of ceremony

Legislators sworn-in, chamber leaders elected in day of ceremony

Tuesday marked the constitutionally required first day of session for the 2017-2018 General Assembly, and as is custom, members were officially sworn into office and the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate were elected by their chambers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

Pension reform, gaming fix/expansion headline action items for legislature’s remaining session days

With the 2015-2016 legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly expected to come to a close Wednesday, lawmakers started separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of what might become law Monday with items like pension reform and a possible fix and/or expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania taking top position of what lawmakers hope to get done before heading home for the election.

Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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$31.6 billion budget to become law regardless of revenue deal

$31.6 billion budget to become law regardless of revenue deal

Gov. Tom Wolf, in a case of first impression to many Capitol observers, announced Sunday evening his intention to let become law the $31.6 billion budget the General Assembly sent to his desk on June 30th regardless of whether or not the legislature sends him a corresponding revenue package to balance the proposal with revenues.

 

In making his announcement, Gov. Wolf said the compromise budget is “another shining example of that sort of bipartisan cooperation” that also led things like the enactment of a bill to reform alcohol sales and create a new basic education funding formula.

Sunday, July 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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