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
Categories: News and Views
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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Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

With public pension reform signed into law Monday, lawmakers will soon turn their attention to crafting a state spending plan, which is due in just 18 days as of this writing.

 

While high-level five-party negotiations have not been the norm in crafting the coming year’s spending plan, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that with pension reform completed and budgetary pieces like a gaming expansion bill making their way to the finish line, negotiations are likely to heat up soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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