Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

Procedural gymnastics leads to budget framework revival

After motions to revert, reconsideration of the vote on said motion, and an unusual roll call vote on second consideration, the once dead budget framework rose like a phoenix Tuesday afternoon in a spectacle that could land a $30.788 billion budget on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk by Wednesday.

The whole thing started with an amendment to the temporary budget rule encapsulated in House Resolution 627.

The original temporary rule would have required two-thirds members to approve a motion to revert to the prior printer number and would have possibly placed such a motion out of order.

The amendment to the rule placed a motion to revert to the immediately prior printer number always in order and only required a majority of members in attendance to approve the motion to revert.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf: "I'm pleased with the progress made in the House today"

Gov. Wolf: "I'm pleased with the progress made in the House today"

Gov. Wolf made brief remarks after the House voted to replace stopgap budget with Senate-approved budget. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gov. Wolf calls latest stopgap budget attempt “a feel good exercise”

Gov. Wolf calls latest stopgap budget attempt “a feel good exercise”

Gov. Tom Wolf made a scheduled appearance on KDKA 1020AM’s morning show to discuss the state budget impasse and reaffirming his prior commitment to veto the 11-month emergency stopgap funding plan the House Republican caucus is currently moving through that chamber.

During the morning show appearance he, as on previous occasions with stopgap funding measures, called the current attempt “a feel good exercise.”

He made the comment while expressing his sympathy for schools that might not reopen after Christmas break due to a lack of state funding and an inability to get further loans to keep doors open.

“I am so sympathetic and so saddened by that, it should not have lasted this long,” he said of the budget impasse.

“But, we need a budget that actually funds those schools with real dollars and real revenue to back it up so that we have a balanced budget that makes the investments that those schools need,” he continued.

“So, we can go through the feel good exercise of saying we’re going to magically make some dollars appear with 11-months’ worth of funding for 12-months’ worth of expenditures, but everybody knows that the fundamental math doesn’t work. There’s no money."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House moves along emergency funding measure amid governor’s promised veto

House moves along emergency funding measure amid governor’s promised veto

If Pennsylvania’s budget situation can be compared to an airplane wildly careening toward a mountain, then Monday it appeared that the House of Representatives—particularly the House Republican caucus—began fruitlessly pulling up on the controls by moving along an emergency stopgap funding bill that would provide 11 months’ worth of funding for most government functions.

While the Senate has said they are still waiting on the details of the funding bill before they decide to call their members back to consider the legislation, Gov. Tom Wolf has said if the measure lands on his desk, he will veto the legislation in its entirety.

House Republicans were insistent Monday that the temporary funding measure that rings in at $28.23 billion is the quickest method to get funding out to schools and human services agencies while allowing parties to continue negotiating without the threat of school shutdowns after the holidays.

“Here we are the week of Christmas, we want to make sure schools open up again after Christmas break, this gets monies to schools and human services agencies as quickly as possible,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). 

Monday, December 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Reed on stopgap budget: "This at least gets money out to those folks who need it"

VIDEO: Reed on stopgap budget: "This at least gets money out to those folks who need it"

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) answers questions about a stopgap budget proposal after Monday's Rules Committee meeting. 

Monday, December 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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