As revenue “deal” lingers incomplete, lawmakers work toward consensus on final plan

As revenue “deal” lingers incomplete, lawmakers work toward consensus on final plan

Amid widespread speculation of an agreed-to revenue framework to conclude the FY 2017-2018 budget, lawmakers returned to Harrisburg Monday to work toward getting final, yet elusive, agreement on a consensus plan that would fund the $2.2 billion deficit attached to the current fiscal year’s budget.

Monday, October 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Revenue negotiations progress as lawmakers are set to miss Wolf’s October 1 deadline

Revenue negotiations progress as lawmakers are set to miss Wolf’s October 1 deadline

With the House and Senate not planning to return to session until Monday, legislators made it clear that the October 1 deadline put out by Gov. Tom Wolf last Tuesday is going to be missed.

 

However, that is not going to stop progress seemed to be made later in the week toward reaching a compromise on a plan to balance Pennsylvania’s $31.99 billion budget and close out the existing deficit from the prior fiscal year.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially-created education adequacy standards

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday issued a long-anticipated decision in the case of William Penn School District v. Pa. Department of Education, and held that the question of whether the General Assembly and governor have met the constitutional mandate of providing “for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth” can be decided by the judiciary.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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End-run effort to get severance tax bill to House Floor flounders for second day

End-run effort to get severance tax bill to House Floor flounders for second day

While the hopes were dimmed after a dashed effort on Tuesday, an attempt to circumvent the committee process by forcing a natural gas severance tax proposal onto the Floor was put off once again during Wednesday’s brief House session.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers continue incremental progress toward revenue agreement

Lawmakers continue incremental progress toward revenue agreement

State lawmakers continued working toward a budget-balancing revenue agreement on Tuesday, but any progress made was incremental, if at all.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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