Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

As the Pennsylvania budget is due within the next several days, a group of advocates filled the main Capitol rotunda to call for a budget that is fair and creates new revenue sources for education, human services, and environmental protection.

The advocates are part of Pennsylvania’s Choice, a coalition that includes—among others—the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Keystone Progress, and Public Interest Law Center.

Currently, the legislature has proposed using cuts to state programs like the DEP and revenue sources like gambling and tobacco to try and close the deficit the Commonwealth is facing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views

Budget reality and new revenue possible in coming weeks?

As budget negotiations continued on the staff level Wednesday, GOP leaders pointed out that they are expecting their Democratic counterparts to come around to the new reality of what it will take to get a budget done - particularly as it relates to the unviable prospects of increasing sales and personal income taxes - but also did not close the door on the use of new recurring revenue sources to plug budget holes.

“I think the word to use now is ‘reality’,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) told The PLS Reporter in a brief interview. “I’ve had Senate Democrats coming to me with recognizing the reality that a sales tax increase and a personal income tax increase did not have all the votes in their caucus and I think the governor has found that out with the vote last week.”

He relayed Senate Republican leadership will be updating their caucus next week on the fiscal and financial condition of where the Commonwealth currently is and preparing them to look “at what the reality is.”

Sen. Scarnati added that so long as House and Senate Democrats are “in the reality world” of having the sales and income tax increases off the table then both sides can sit down and work together toward the goal of arriving at an agreed-to spend number and put a budget together.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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