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
Categories: News and Views
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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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
Categories: News and Views
Legislature weighs options as Gov. Wolf allows PA budget spending plan to become law without his signature

Legislature weighs options as Gov. Wolf allows PA budget spending plan to become law without his signature

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday afternoon announced he was going to allow the $31.99 billion spending plan on his desk to become law without his signature as he and the legislature continue to negotiate on a revenue plan to fully fund state operations. 

Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

Dermody appoints new member to Pittsburgh's ICA board

After Dr. Esther Barazzone announced last month that she would be leaving the board of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a new member was announced Monday to fill her position on the city financial oversight board.
The appointment of Dr. John M. Wilds, which became effective July 1, 2017, was made by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Cheswick). The ICA board is made up of one appointment each by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and Minority Leader of the House.
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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