Senate scuttles House-passed budget bill, recommits to framework agreement

Senate scuttles House-passed budget bill, recommits to framework agreement

Just hours after the House of Representatives passed what has been called a scaled-down budget bill of $30.2 billion, the Senate scuttled the plan by amending into the legislation the $30.8 billion framework agreement that they sent over to the House on Monday.

The House passed their budget plan by a 115-86 vote with four Republicans—Representatives Martina White (R-Philadelphia), John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), John McGinnis (R-Blair), and Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon)—joining Democrats in opposing the plan.

“It’s a fiscally responsible budget,” House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told reporters in defense of the plan.

In particular, he touted increased education spending levels of their plan—including what he said is $100 million more in basic education funding—as well as increased spending for social service programs and research initiatives.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget framework’s lack of detail leaves more questions than answers

Budget framework’s lack of detail leaves more questions than answers

It is likely to be into the middle of next week before a final budget is finally wrapped up, House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) told The PLS Reporter Wednesday.

“I believe it’s a six day process,” he said of what it takes to get a budget done. “If today was the first day, you would probably have to add at least five more days to the finish line.”

He said Wednesday could be the first day, “but we’re not sure.”

When asked if it would at least take until early or mid-week next week to get a budget done, Rep. Adolph responded, “absolutely.”

Wednesday, December 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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More Republicans cancel PA Society plans as House members caucus on detail-less budget framework outline

More Republicans cancel PA Society plans as House members caucus on detail-less budget framework outline

Tuesday, both caucuses of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives met to discuss the five-party budget framework legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf agreed to just a week ago.

While the broad strokes of the plan remain the same—increased education spending, some sort of liquor reform, and pension reform—the details as to how those priorities would be achieved and how the money will be raised to fund them remained giant question marks.

“There’s still some details that need to be worked out with the administration and the Senate, particularly as it relates to education funding distribution models and that sort of stuff,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) after a three-hour, post-session Republican caucus meeting.

“This was the first step in the process of getting action on all these items within the next week,” he added.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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