As Christmas looms, lawmakers still can’t find agreement on state budget

As Christmas looms, lawmakers still can’t find agreement on state budget

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate took Sunday to regroup from Saturday’s disappointment after a vote to reform Pennsylvania’s state run pension systems suffered a resounding defeat putting in serious doubt the viability of a once-agreed-to budget framework.

While rank-and-file members returned home to their families or milled around Harrisburg Sunday, legislative Republican leadership gathered to discuss how to move forward with a state budget plan, however, their efforts saw little agreement.

House Republicans were the first to hold an internal pow-wow early in the afternoon Sunday.

Following that meeting, House Appropriations Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) said the caucus leadership is still moving in the direction of an 11-month emergency funding stopgap proposal.

“We’re still talking, we really want to get this money out and we’re seeing what’s the fastest way to get it out, and continue to negotiate,” he said. “If I was a betting man right now, I’d lean toward an 11-month stopgap and that way we can still negotiate with the administration. I don’t want one school to close the first of the year and this is the fastest way to do that."

Sunday, December 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget framework’s foundation crumbles; next steps continue to evolve

Budget framework’s foundation crumbles; next steps continue to evolve

The budget framework that seemed so close to passing now seems a lot like Elvis: after suffering a very public and unflattering death Saturday after its lynchpin—public pension reform—failed in the House by an overwhelming 52-149 margin, some still think it might be alive.

Public pension reform—as many had suspected—was going to be the deciding factor Saturday as to whether the optimism about a budget being completed in short order was more reality than wishful thinking.

Saturday, December 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gov. Wolf: "We still have a budget plan"

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf: "We still have a budget plan"

Gov. Wolf gives a budget update after the pension reform proposal fails in the House. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Reed: "It would be our intention to work on a stopgap proposal" after pension reform fails on the House floor

VIDEO: Reed: "It would be our intention to work on a stopgap proposal" after pension reform fails on the House floor

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) discusses with reporters his intentions to try and move forward with a stopgap budget proposal after a pension reform bill fails on the House floor 149-52. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Adolph: "I don't think anyone really knows what the tax package is going to be"

VIDEO: Adolph: "I don't think anyone really knows what the tax package is going to be"

House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) gives a budget update after Saturday's committee meeting. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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