VIDEO: Dermody on budget: "There are parts we like and there are parts we don't like"

VIDEO: Dermody on budget: "There are parts we like and there are parts we don't like"

After a Sunday night meeting, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) gives an update on the latest budget discussions. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Speaker Turzai on budget: “There are open issues in each and every area”

Speaker Turzai on budget: “There are open issues in each and every area”

Following a Friday morning call by a number of House Democrats for House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to bring their chamber back to session to complete the budget and related bills, Speaker Turzai this afternoon announced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled session.

The House is set to reconvene Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. to begin caucusing—and perhaps holding committee votes—on those bills.

In updating the schedule, the Speaker also provided some insight on the differences that remain between House Republicans and those who are still working toward the once agreed-to budget framework that continues to list between success and failure in continually uncertain waters.

“There are open issues in each and every area,” he said pointing to a number of papers worked up by House Republicans on issues with the budget, related code bills, and pension and liquor reform bills. 

Friday, December 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democrats blast Speaker, urge immediate return to session

House Democrats blast Speaker, urge immediate return to session

House Democrats called on Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) to return their chamber to session on Friday to conclude work on budget documents and end Pennsylvania’s 164-day old budget impasse.

“As we speak, there is legislation that is ready to be voted on,” said Rep. Leslie Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware). “Instead, Speaker Turzai has scheduled a vacation day rather than have us do the people’s work.”

The group of about two-dozen House Democrats said not only should they be in session on Friday, but also remain in session until the budget is finalized.

Friday, December 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget framework back on…kind of

Budget framework back on…kind of

Good news on Thursday if you were hoping to see that budget framework agreement come back together with all five parties on board; it has, but only kind of.

After discussions with Senate colleagues on how to move forward both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, it appears there is movement in the House Republican caucus to support some version of to-be-tweaked budget framework agreement that was announced just before Thanksgiving.

Those close to the inner-workings of the budget deal say the legislative process behind getting the various pieces of legislation through the General Assembly could be wrapped up by the early to mid-part of next week.

What the tweaks would be was still a bit of a continuing mystery Thursday evening as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) left a meeting with Senate Republican leadership.

“There are some things around the edges potentially on all issues,” he said. “We just haven’t seen the final products yet."

Thursday, December 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Scarnati meets with House Republican leaders on budget

VIDEO: Scarnati meets with House Republican leaders on budget

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) gives some insight into a budget meeting with House Republican leaders on Thursday morning. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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