PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

The famous quote uttered by Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in the otherwise rather flat Godfather III could be applied to Pennsylvania’s current budget Sitz im Leben.

As the General Assembly put the finishing touches on a revised Fiscal Code that contains controversial education funding components—a move Republicans at least claim will put the final touches on the FY 2015-2016 budget—a budget vehicle for FY 2016-2017 was put in place by the House Appropriations Committee that sets the stage for the slog toward what is hoped to be an on-time budget plan.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

While it started out as a barebones solution to the governor’s veto of the Fiscal Code bill sent to his desk back in March, the Senate early Tuesday evening put back into House Bill 1589 provisions providing for the use of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission formula in the current school year and allowing schools to draw from a $2.5 billion bond to fund school construction projects under PlanCon.

Both of the provisions placed in the legislation by the Senate were noted by Gov. Tom Wolf in his veto message as reasons why he disapproved the legislation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House, Senate load proposals to respond to Fiscal Code veto

House, Senate load proposals to respond to Fiscal Code veto

The House and Senate Tuesday took separate steps to load proposals that would respond to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the Fiscal Code sent to his desk in March.

Starting in the House, the House Appropriations Committee took the step of loading a bare-bones Fiscal Code to a bill that would provide relief to Pennsylvania’s horseracing industry.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republicans still in search of solutions to complete budget

Republicans still in search of solutions to complete budget

Despite the House moving along the budget-related Fiscal Code bill Tuesday, a meeting between House and Senate Republican leadership left the majority in both parties still searching for solutions on how to complete the budget.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s line-item veto of House Bill 1460 left only half a year’s funding for things like basic education, state corrections, and Medical Assistance capitation. Meanwhile funding for the state-related universities failed in the House Monday, falling short of the two-thirds majority required for passage.

The Fiscal Code bill that moved through the House Tuesday still does not have final sign-off from Senate Republicans on changes made by the House.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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