Competing budget bills could emerge Sunday

Competing budget bills could emerge Sunday

The House Republican caucus seemed to emerge from a several hours-long internal meeting Saturday afternoon with bad news for fans of the five-party budget framework agreed to just before Thanksgiving.

Following what appeared to be a complicated discussion, rank-and-file members told reporters that the caucus has agreed to run a pared-down $30.2 billion budget bill that no longer includes the governor’s increases in public education and also no longer includes GOP priorities of pension and liquor reform.

That bill is slated for a Sunday vote in the House Appropriations Committee.

“It’s far pared-down,” said Rep. Seth Grove (R-York). “No sales tax, sales tax expansion, PIT, that kind of stuff.”

He said the decision to drop pension and liquor reform was made after the realization the governor would not support the concepts without his desired increases in revenue, but he did not say whether or not the proposal would fly with Senate Republicans or the governor.

Saturday, December 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Christiana discusses possibility of a future gas tax

VIDEO: Christiana discusses possibility of a future gas tax

Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) discusses with Capitol reporters the possibility of a future severance tax on the Marcellus shale industry in Pennsylvania. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Scarnati gives update on pension discussions after leaders meeting

VIDEO: Scarnati gives update on pension discussions after leaders meeting

President Pro Tempore of the Senate Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) discusses the latest budget update after a Republican leaders meeting. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Corman gives budget update after Saturday meeting

VIDEO: Corman gives budget update after Saturday meeting

After a Saturday morning Republican caucus meeting, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) provides some updates on education, liquor privatization, and sales tax. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Budget deal still on…for now?

Budget deal still on…for now?

Pennsylvania’s Capitol was a den of confusion Friday swirling with rumors, innuendo, and speculation of every degree as to what—if anything—would happen with the budget framework that has limped along in discussions since just before Thanksgiving.

After a day of long intra-caucus discussions for Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans, it appears as though all parties are still moving toward an eventual budget resolution and the plan has—as of yet—not completely imploded.

House Republicans met for about three hours Friday afternoon in an attempt to test the waters on a number of different revenue options, including a slate of sales tax exemptions that may be eliminated.

“I think every revenue generator that came up, members of the caucus formed their opinion and made them known very constructively,” said Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) after House Republicans had their discussion on revenue options and other budget related matters. “I don’t think there was any flashpoint in this caucus at all. I think it was a very positive thing."

Friday, December 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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