As second week of June begins, budget situation remains “fluid” after meeting among GOP legislative leaders, governor

As the second week of June kicks off, the budget situation as described by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre) remains “fluid,” both before and after a meeting between House and Senate Republicans and the governor.

“[There’s] a lot going on. I don’t think we are close to anything yet, but we are working through it,” Sen. Corman said before the meeting. After its conclusion he confirmed that nothing in the meeting changed that.

Going into the meeting, Sen. Corman noted a lot of support for the governor’s original proposal for education spending, but said cannot be achieved without some recurring revenue for the budget.

“You’re going to need recurring revenue, that’s the only way to get there,” he said.

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Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

BUDGET UPDATE: Bill could be introduced Monday, iGaming might be on the outs, June 30 still a realistic goal

Wednesday was the final legislative day of the first week of June and the budget remained a fluid situation.

“Meetings are continuing and we all agree on what has to be done and we are working on it, trying to get votes,” House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) told The PLS Reporter.

He said a budget bill could be introduced early next week, with other sources confirming it could come as soon as Monday. 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

iGaming Could Mean Regulatory Concerns and Likely Revenue, Hearing Reveals

As previewed by The PLS Reporter, the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a hearing on Pennsylvania’s gaming industry Tuesday, with a focus on what the introduction of internet gaming—or iGaming—could mean for Pennsylvania.

“It should be,” said Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) in regard to whether iGaming should be part of the revenue picture for the upcoming budget.

Sen. Scarnati, the Senate President Pro Tempore, was the author of Senate Resolution 273, which became the enabling impetus for a report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on iGaming and other gaming reforms for Pennsylvania.

That report was the starting point for today’s hearing.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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“Painful” Line-by-Line Discussion Predominated House GOP Caucus Tuesday

The House Republicans were caucusing for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon. What were they talking about?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

Pensions Dominate Senate GOP Caucus Discussions, House Caucuses Tuesday on Budget

As most internal discussions turn to formulation of the budget, according to one Republican senator, his members used today’s caucus discussion to focus on if and/or how state and public school employee pensions should be reformed.

House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) confirmed his caucus will hold a two-hour minimum caucus on the budget Tuesday.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget
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