Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

The Republican leaders from both the House and the Senate huddled behind closed doors for the second day in a row Wednesday trying to come up with a consensus plan that will balance the spending plan that has been law for just over a week.

 

Much like discussions that have taken place throughout the week, progress toward bridging the differences that have caused disagreement between the two majority caucuses was incremental, if progress was made at all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate hopes to catalyze revenue agreement with return to Harrisburg

Senate hopes to catalyze revenue agreement with return to Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Senate returned to voting session Monday as the Commonwealth’s FY 2017-2018 unbalanced spending plan has been in law for a week.

 

While the Senate did very little actual voting, a lot of the work on Monday was behind the scenes with leaders and staff working across chambers to try and reach agreement on a $2.2 billion revenue package to close out the previous fiscal year and balance the current year’s budget.

Monday, July 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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L&I Sec. Manderino heading to Gaming Control Board

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino will join the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board effective August 1, 2017.

 

Sec. Manderino will be replaced at the department by Executive Deputy Secretary Robert O’Brien. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf on revenue negotiations: “I’m very optimistic that we will get to a good outcome”

Gov. Wolf on revenue negotiations: “I’m very optimistic that we will get to a good outcome”

While Wednesday marked the first day since the General Assembly left Harrisburg without sending Gov. Tom Wolf a revenue package to balance the $31.99 billion budget that lapsed into law earlier in the week, Pennsylvania’s executive told reporters that he remains optimistic such a plan can be reached in short order.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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