Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

Republicans point budget blame finger back at Wolf

In their first big face-to-face pow-wow following the governor’s line-item veto of a budget proposal they sent him before Christmas, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republican leaders emerged with a short-term budget game plan and a common enemy in an old foe: Gov. Tom Wolf.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Holiday news you may have missed

Checking-in for the first time since Christmas? Well, lots happened that you may have missed and we’d like to get you back up to speed.

While you might have known that just before Christmas, the General Assembly delivered a $30.2 billion budget to the governor’s desk without his agreement, you might have missed the governor’s line-item veto of that measure on December 29th.

In sum, Gov. Tom Wolf’s use of his veto blue-lining pen allowed about $23 billion to get out to state government, local government, and public schools.

Despite his actions, Gov. Wolf was not thrilled about the budget that landed on his desk.

“I am expressing the outrage that all of us Pennsylvanians should feel about the garbage Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us,” he said. “This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania and our legislators—the folks we elected to serve us need to own up to this—they need to do their jobs.”

Monday, January 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House GOP members have “significant concerns” with budget framework revenue package

House GOP members have “significant concerns” with budget framework revenue package

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) doubled down on their earlier statements that they’re leaving it to the Wolf administration to woe 102 members of the House to vote for a revenue plan to support the $30.788 billion spending plan as part of the on again, off again agreed-to budget framework.

“The governor, we all know, has to come up with the 102 tax votes if he wants this budget passed,” said Rep. Turzai in a brief press availability Wednesday evening following a closed-door Republican caucus on the revenue plan. “The hold out for all these days has been, really, what is the tax component and where are these tax votes and does he have enough in our chamber.”

He noted that the governor has “significant influence” in the Democratic caucus and “has the opportunity talk to any Republican he wants to” in his effort to gain a majority of votes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget impasse to enter its most critical 24-hour period

Budget impasse to enter its most critical 24-hour period

While nobody’s called Jack Bauer quite yet, Pennsylvania’s budget impasse is going to be entering its most critical 24-hour period as leaders from all four legislative caucuses and the governor will await the outcome of vote whipping and closed-door negotiations to see if majorities exist in both chambers to pass the tax revenue needed to support the $30.788 billion spending plan as part of the budget framework agreement announced before Thanksgiving.

Who will be doing the vote getting?

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said after a five-party meeting Wednesday that the effort will largely be left up to the Wolf administration.

“I think it’s very clear we’ve gone through this process for a number of months now, we’re down to a 24-hour time period where either the administration has the votes—102 in the House, 26 in the Senate—to pass a Tax Code bill,” he said. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

IFO compares monthly revenue figures to prior year

Along with Monday’s Department of Revenue announcement of revenue collections for October 2015, the Independent Fiscal Office used the numbers to compare collections to October 2014, but with mixed results.

According to the Department of Revenue, $2.1 billion in General Fund revenue was collected in October 2015, bringing total fiscal-year-to-date collections to $8.9 billion.

The Independent Fiscal Office noted that the total collection number is $110 million less than October 2014 with monthly tax revenues declining by $101 million and nontax revenues declining by $9 million.

However, according to the IFO, that’s not the end of the story.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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