Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

Following budget’s completion, lawmakers look to solidify coming legislative agenda

With the governor signing most of the budget-related bills Monday, lawmakers in the General Assembly are turning their attention to solidifying their coming agenda for what they would like to see get done between now and the coming budget in the spring/summer of 2018.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf talks broken Harrisburg, budget process at Press Club luncheon

Gov. Wolf talks broken Harrisburg, budget process at Press Club luncheon

Gov. Tom Wolf was the featured speaker at October’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, where Harrisburg’s broken governmental and budget processes were his main topics of choice.

Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Full slate of budget-balancing bills await Gov. Wolf’s action

Full slate of budget-balancing bills await Gov. Wolf’s action

It took almost four months beyond the traditional June 30 deadline, but House lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up sending a full slate of budget-balancing bills to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk in what is likely their last best effort to end the FY 2017-2018 budget process.

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

Lawmakers send budget-balancing bills to governor, but gaming bill remains for one more day

After 118 days, lawmakers on Wednesday sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a package of bills aimed at helping the end the budget impasse and providing funding for state related universities.

 

However, a gaming expansion bill that was said to provide around $200 million in the first year for the current year’s state budget was unable to get a vote in the House as the chamber pushed up against its 11:00 p.m. deadline.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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