House GOP sends budget-funding plan to Senate

House GOP sends budget-funding plan to Senate

House Republicans on Wednesday passed what they entitled “The Putting People First Budget,” a budget-balancing plan that provides $2.3 billion in funding to close the $2.2 billion accumulated budget deficit facing the Commonwealth in FY 2017-2018, by a vote of 103 to 91. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislature leaves town with revenue package unfinished

Legislature leaves town with revenue package unfinished

Mired in what one might call a good-old-fashioned Pennsylvania budget-related stalemate, the state General Assembly left Harrisburg Tuesday evening with little hope of returning in the next several days to send a funding package to Gov. Tom Wolf to balance out the $31.99 billion spending plan that he allowed to lapse into law Monday night.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republicans cool to natural gas severance tax

Republicans cool to natural gas severance tax

Despite it being a locked inclusion for Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Republican leaders confirmed Monday that they remain cool to the idea of a severance tax on natural gas extracts as a means to balance Pennsylvania’s budget.

 

After his Monday appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) stated his caucus, despite some of his own members coming out with severance tax proposals of their own, is unlikely to support such a levy in the upcoming budget cycle.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

General Assembly working to delay referendum on increasing judicial retirement age

Work began in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Tuesday to delay a ballot question set to appear during April’s primary election that, if approved, would increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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