In 2011, newly-minted House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) promised the House would pass a budget by Memorial Day, that year falling on May 30.
On May 24, 2011, that promise was made true when the House—after much debate—passed a budget by a 109-92 margin. While the budget was not finally signed into law until June 30 of that year, the passage in May was a sea change from prior years under the Rendell administration.
Fast forward three budget cycles to the present, May 30, 2014, and no general appropriations bill has been introduced in either chamber. By the time the General Assembly returns on June 2, Memorial Day will have been a week away.
So when can one expect to see formal legislation introduced, officially kicking off the annual June budget season?