PA Senate leaves town as leaders mull House GOP revenue counterproposal

PA Senate leaves town as leaders mull House GOP revenue counterproposal

The Pennsylvania Senate left Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon after a consensus failed to emerge on a plan to plug a $2.2 billion revenue hole that will close out the recently concluded fiscal year and balance the current fiscal year’s spending plan.

 

At this point, the Senate hopes to return to Harrisburg no later than Monday, though whether they could return sooner remained up in the air as discussions on reaching a revenue compromise continue.

Tuesday, July 18, 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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Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

Revenue proposals continue to lack global agreement

As top state lawmakers continued to struggle to find a global agreement on a nearly $2.2 billion revenue package Sunday night, it looks more and more likely that Gov. Tom Wolf will have to make a decision about whether to partially or fully veto the $31.99 billion state spending plan on his desk or allow it to lapse into law since an agreement is unlikely to wind through the legislative process by the Monday midnight deadline to bring it into balance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow

With little more than two days remaining before a midnight Monday deadline for Gov. Tom Wolf to decide how he’ll handle the FY 2017-2018 state spending plan should it remain unbalanced, Republican legislative leaders picked up the pace of their revenue discussions Saturday as linchpin gaming expansion issues narrowed in difference between the two chambers’ demands.

Saturday, July 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Last Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 1071 on grounds of pre-emption and constitutionality according to statements released by his office.

House Bill 1071, prime sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on recyclable plastic bags at point of sale. Rep. Farry created the legislation to promote the plastic bag workforce and encourage recycling programs related to the disposal of plastic bags.

This legislation has been discussed in the previous years and some municipalities—namely Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—have attempted or discussed placing a tax on plastic bags in the past. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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