Little progress on budget, increased likelihood of missing June 30 deadline

Lawmakers were told by leadership Monday that they should be prepared to remain in the Capitol into the first week in July. There were no scheduled budget meetings Monday at the Capitol and only informal negotiations over the weekend.

“It is unlikely that we will finish our work by June 30,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

He said he is telling his members to prepare to stay at least into the first week of July. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Your second week of June budget recap

Two weeks in June down and just over two weeks to go before the June 30 budget deadline and much remains to be done to get the ball across the goal line.

While a budget bill was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, that legislation is merely a “shell” that is identical to the FY 2013-2014 budget bill and does not reflect the spending needs or priorities of the FY 2014-2015 fiscal year.

On Monday, Republican legislative leaders left what was described by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) as a productive meeting between them and Gov. Tom Corbett. He said little groundwork was laid for how to proceed over the next three weeks to get a budget passed by the June 30 deadline.

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Friday, June 13, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.13.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.13.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today. 

The first annual Pennsylvanians for Parental Equality (PA4PE) rally was held in the Main Capitol Rotunda to promote the need for legislation in the involvement of both parents in the lives of children. The speakers addressed the current issues facing custodial and non-custodial parents alike, whether involved in separation or divorce, and the important rules that both parents play in the lives of their children. 

Friday, June 13, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.12.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The American Petroleum Institute (API) held a teleconference to unveil a new website designed to connect people with jobs, training, and certifications within the oil and natural gas industry. “Our goal is to create a resource to help meet our nation’s ever-growing need for a workforce that can help us realize our energy potential for the future,” said John Modine, API vice president of Global Industry Services.
  •  A coalition of public education advocates gathered for a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call for a five percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale to fund schools in Pennsylvania. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Budget process moved along by reporting of vehicle general appropriations bill, other budget-related bills as all options remain on the table

Budget process moved along by reporting of vehicle general appropriations bill, other budget-related bills as all options remain on the table

As expected Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee in its standing committee capacity voted out a vehicle FY 2014-2015 general appropriations bill with some debate, but little controversy.

“Many of the challenges with this budget and the slow progress of this year’s budget process can be attributed to the revenue collection shortfall and several unanticipated costs that have created a substantial budget gap that we need to close,” committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) said during Wednesday’s committee meeting.

Among the major revenue losses, Chairman Adolph noted the loss of federal medical assistance percentages (FMAP) dollars, losses due to the fiscal cliff, and changes to capital gains tax rules at the federal level.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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