Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Returning from four days away from the state Capitol, and with just a handful of voting session days scheduled before the traditional June 30 budget deadline, legislative leaders returned to Harrisburg Monday reporting little progress on getting a consensus on a spending and revenue plan that will close out FY 2016-2017 and provide for FY 2017-2018.

 

While those responsible for crafting the fiscal plan promised to talk over the four days where members were away from Harrisburg, it appears those meetings—if they occurred at all—proved to move the ball forward only inches (or less) on getting a deal on the main points of a spending plan.

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

As budget deadline nears, a lot remains up in the air

It’s just about ten days until the traditional budget deadline of June 30/July 1 and as things look on Tuesday, a lot remains on the table to be agreed to.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

PA Supreme Court rules transferring natural gas revenue earned on state land to General Fund is unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that royalties from oil and gas leases on state forest lands must be used for conservation of the state’s public natural resources, not used for general budget fund purposes.  


The four justices in the majority- Justice Christine Donohue, Debra McCloskey Todd, Kevin M. Dougherty, David N. Wecht- wrote an opinion stating that Article 1, Section 27 of the state constitution, known of as the Environmental Rights Amendment, does not give the state government a right to spend proceeds from the sale of publicly owned oil and gas for non-conservation purposes, even if they are generally used for the public good.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gaming expansion agreement continues slow progress

Gaming expansion agreement continues slow progress

With lawmakers and legislative staff holding nearly non-stop meetings to find some middle ground on a gaming expansion measure crucial to the coming fiscal year’s budget, progress on Monday toward that agreement was reported as slow.

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

In what is likely the beginning of an exhaustive series of high-level budget-related discussions among leadership between the House and Senate, Republican leaders gathered in the Senate Majority Leader’s office Wednesday morning to work on establishing a roadmap and timetable for wrapping up a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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