Senate non-concurs in House revenue plan, seeks to restart negotiations in earnest

Senate non-concurs in House revenue plan, seeks to restart negotiations in earnest

In a day headlined by the state receiving a downgraded bond rating due to—among other reasons—its ongoing budget-related impasse, the Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday by a vote of 43-7 took the procedural step of voting to not concur in the latest budget-balancing plan passed by the House.

 

The hope is that the procedural move will set up a conference committee to swiftly move an agreed-to plan when one is reached.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate begins review of House-passed budget-balancing plan

Senate begins review of House-passed budget-balancing plan

The Pennsylvania Senate reconvened Monday for the first time since July and their top order of business was a review of the budget-balancing plan the House passed last week.

Monday, September 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday morning narrowly passed and sent to the House a revenue package to balance the FY 2017-2018 spending plan and close out the FY 2016-2017 deficit.

 

While narrowly passing the chamber by a 26-24 margin, the revenue package cobbled together by the Senate with a mix of Republican and Democratic support was said to be a product of a chamber aimed at leading the state’s lawmaking bodies through a nearly month-long standoff on how to fund two budgets that are roughly $2.2 billion out of balance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

The Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday night loaded bills that will provide for the substantial majority of a $2.2 billion revenue package needed to balance the current and just previously concluded fiscal year’s budgets and provide for the implementation of the budget through specific code bills.

 

About $570 million of the nearly $2 billion revenue package now set for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday represents a sea change in terms of where prior revenue discussions were heading since it does not rely mainly on gaming expansion, prior year lapses, and offline revenue transfers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate to return to session to work on revenue, budget-related bills

Senate to return to session to work on revenue, budget-related bills

The Pennsylvania Senate announced Monday night that they will be returning to session Wednesday afternoon through Thursday to work on a $2.2 billion revenue plan and other budget-related bills in an attempt to move along the close-out of the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budgets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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