House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans Monday unveiled a budget plan they intend to send to the Senate this week with a final spending number ringing in at $31.52 billion, a number more than $800 million below what Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in February and just under $250 million shy of the current year’s spend number.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

The House Liquor Control Committee Monday advanced two bills that would provide for private sales of liquor.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

After a late-week scrap over which sources of revenue to fill the roughly $1.3 billion budget hole have legislative support, caucus leaders returned from the July Fourth holiday Tuesday to once again sit down at the negotiating table, this time bringing additional options for how to fully fund the $31.6 billion spending plan sent to the governor’s desk last week.

 

The leading proposal to emerge from a meeting of the four legislative caucus leaders Tuesday morning was one to include a $300 million loan from the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) to replace revenue that could’ve been raised from the reimplementation of a now-controversial Gross Receipts Tax on natural gas.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wrap up: House Bill 1690

Wrap up: House Bill 1690

House Bill 1690 was first introduced November 12th, 2015. The prime sponsor of the bill was House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

The bill was re-reported out of the House rules committee unexpectedly with approximately three weeks until the budget deadline.

Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Gov. Wolf: “In Harrisburg, Republicans and Democrats can work together on important pieces of legislation”

Gov. Wolf: “In Harrisburg, Republicans and Democrats can work together on important pieces of legislation”

Continuing to tout successes this week in terms of the enactment of a liquor modernization proposal and the announcement by Shell that its long-anticipated Ethane cracker plant will be coming to Beaver County, Gov. Tom Wolf took to Pittsburgh’s KQV radio and said the week’s legislative success shows the two sides that have been at odds over significant policy changes can work together to achieve common goals.

Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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