Senate scuttles House-passed budget bill, recommits to framework agreement

Senate scuttles House-passed budget bill, recommits to framework agreement

Just hours after the House of Representatives passed what has been called a scaled-down budget bill of $30.2 billion, the Senate scuttled the plan by amending into the legislation the $30.8 billion framework agreement that they sent over to the House on Monday.

The House passed their budget plan by a 115-86 vote with four Republicans—Representatives Martina White (R-Philadelphia), John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), John McGinnis (R-Blair), and Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon)—joining Democrats in opposing the plan.

“It’s a fiscally responsible budget,” House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told reporters in defense of the plan.

In particular, he touted increased education spending levels of their plan—including what he said is $100 million more in basic education funding—as well as increased spending for social service programs and research initiatives.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Capitol Quick Hits for 12.8.15

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

  • The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF) held a press conference today in the Main Rotunda to call for increased education funding in the state budget. Joan Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said Pennsylvania has the largest funding gap between rich and poor school districts and described the current system as unreliable and unpredictable.
  • Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) were joined by NFL quarterback Mike Vick for a press conference today calling for action on HB 1516.  Rep. Wheatley explained that the legislation, also known as the Hot Dog bill, would prohibit the confinement of a dog or cat in an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that would endanger the health and well-being of the animal. 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Corman on pensions: "It needs to get done and it needs to get done now"

VIDEO: Corman on pensions: "It needs to get done and it needs to get done now"

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) gives the latest on budget talks after today's Republican Caucus meeting. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Kane removal hearing procedure resolution introduced

Kane removal hearing procedure resolution introduced

The resolution outlining the process for the hearing required under Article 6, section 7 removal proceeding by the Senate was filed Monday evening.

According to the resolution, if adopted, it requires the hearing will be held January 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building before the Special Committee on Senate Address.

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators to lobby House members for budget framework agreement

Senators to lobby House members for budget framework agreement

With the Senate having sent a budget bill to the House comprising of an agreement that the governor will sign, some in Senate leadership told The PLS Reporter Monday that they will be engaging House colleagues to try to persuade them to support the budget framework.

“We’d certainly be disappointed if the House doesn’t take up the GA bill and pension proposal,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “We all stood together, all five parties stood together and said we have a budget framework. We’re honoring that structural budget framework and our hope is that the House will do the same.”

He said he is going to openly encourage House colleagues to support the framework, including the budget bill, pension bill, and “other bills to come.”

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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