Capitol Quick Hits for 7.1.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) held a teleconference this afternoon to discuss the $29.1 billion budget passed by the General Assembly last evening. Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to sign the bill. PBPC Executive Director Sharon Ward described the budget situation as “not quite done yet.” She explained the Senate amended and approved the House’s budget last night. Ward said Gov. Corbett’s announcement he would not sign the bill was shocking to some.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Caucuses urge budget’s signature as Gov. Corbett continues review

The day after the $29.1 billion FY 2014-2015 state budget was passed by the General Assembly, all four legislative caucuses urged Gov. Tom Corbett to sign the measure.

Gov. Corbett said in a release following the budget’s passage that he will review the budget so as to determine its impacts as he considers whether to sign the bill.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform sent back to committee, review to take place over summer

The administration-backed Tobash hybrid pension reform plan was sent to the House Human Services Committee Tuesday afternoon by a 106-95 vote. As a result of this action, a pension reform review group will be formed to examine the issue.

Despite having the support of the Corbett administration, and following weeks of lobbying by House Republican leadership and administration officials, the result of today’s House action was not surprising.

“We knew we didn’t have all the votes on our side,” said Steve Miskin, press secretary for the Speaker and House Majority Leader. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Philadelphia cigarette tax, tied to pension reform, is likely dead

As an issue tied to pension reform, House Bill 1177—legislation authorizing a cigarette tax for Philadelphia—is likely dead for the summer as the administration-supported pension reform proposal in the House was sent back to committee Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: DiGirolamo: "I felt that we were rushing this through" on pension bill

VIDEO: DiGirolamo: "I felt that we were rushing this through" on pension bill

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), Chair of the House Human Services Committee discusses why he moved to recommit HB 1353, a hybrid pension plan, to his committee. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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