VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; discusses liquor reform, pensions

VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; discusses liquor reform, pensions

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi gives the latest update in budget news. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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House budget bill takes shape

The House Republican Caucus successfully amended the placeholder budget bill Tuesday afternoon and House Bill 2328 was voted out of committee as an actual $29.1 billion spending plan.

“This is a balanced proposal which helps move Pennsylvania forward,” said Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “This is not the end of the discussions and I’m sure the Senate will make some changes to this plan.”

Chairman Adolph explained that the spend number is $536 million—or 1.9 percent—more than the last fiscal year and assumes 3.2 percent of growth for FY 2014-2015, which he said is consistent with Independent Fiscal Office Estimates.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.24.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.24.14

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

  • Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson was joined by legislators and community leaders to rally against budget cuts to the city’s schools. “Each year we revisit our education funding structures, and we have yet to come up with a comprehensive solution," Councilman Johnson observed. “Gov. Corbett and the General Assembly have a legal responsibility to fund an education system that provides quality learning for students across the Commonwealth.”  
  • The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) gathered with members of the Philadelphia delegation for a rally this afternoon to urge lawmakers not to cut education funding.  Jerry Jordan, President of PFT, called on Gov. Tom Corbett and the General Assembly to make education the highest priority of the state budget and explained why additional funding is necessary in Philadelphia schools.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released an interim report on its ongoing audit of the Department of Public Welfare, an auction he said was prompted by serious issues uncovered during the investigation. Among  the findings released by the Auditor General was evidence that an excess of $200,000 was provided to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT/ACCESS) cards associated with Social Security numbers (SSNs) belonging to dead individuals. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Adolph plans to continue liquor reform negotiations with the Senate

VIDEO: Adolph plans to continue liquor reform negotiations with the Senate

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph said he is serious about continuing liquor reform discussions with the Senate as budget negotiations move forward.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Markosek: "This is loaded with gimmicks" on current House budget

VIDEO: Markosek: "This is loaded with gimmicks" on current House budget

After today's House Appropriations Committee meeting, Minority Chairman Joe Markosek discusses the budget bill that was just passed out of committee. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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