Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

While it started out as a barebones solution to the governor’s veto of the Fiscal Code bill sent to his desk back in March, the Senate early Tuesday evening put back into House Bill 1589 provisions providing for the use of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission formula in the current school year and allowing schools to draw from a $2.5 billion bond to fund school construction projects under PlanCon.

Both of the provisions placed in the legislation by the Senate were noted by Gov. Tom Wolf in his veto message as reasons why he disapproved the legislation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Gov. Tom Wolf made his promised veto of House Bill 1327 a reality Friday, sending the disapproved Fiscal Code bill back to the House of Representatives.

The Fiscal Code bill serves as the spending and policy roadmap for the budget and is traditionally a piece of legislation needed to close the circle on any given fiscal year’s budget.

Monday, March 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators seek to restore rural-area funding vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Legislators seek to restore rural-area funding vetoed by Gov. Wolf

As the effects of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse continue to be felt, legislators representing rural Pennsylvania are starting to introduce legislation to restore lines of funding vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf that were part of the $30.2 billion budget sent to him in December.

Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf talks education funding, school choice

Gov. Wolf talks education funding, school choice

Gov. Tom Wolf took a scheduled appearance on 1410AM KQV radio Tuesday morning to address issues concerning education funding and school choice options.

Speaking first to education funding, Gov. Wolf said the so-called framework budget encapsulated in Senate Bill 1073 provided for an investment in education “I thought we had all agreed on.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reed: “That original framework has come and gone”

Reed: “That original framework has come and gone”

Providing more insight as to where House Republicans stand in terms of the budget after Gov. Tom Wolf announced his line-item vetoes Tuesday morning, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) reiterated his caucus’s position that if all of the broader policy considerations part of the five-party budget framework cannot be agreed to, then a pared down budget is what is necessary to get Pennsylvania through the current fiscal year.

“Two months ago now, we announced the framework of an agreement that included property tax reform, pension reform, liquor privatization, a balanced budget, and more money for education. The only thing left of that framework is higher taxes for more spending, everything else has fallen by the wayside for various reasons,” he said.

“The Senate wasn’t that thrilled about doing full privatization, the governor and House Democrats weren’t on board for pension reform, there were difficulties in finding a funding formula for property tax reductions and in the end, we as House Republicans, are just not accepting of increasing the sales tax or increasing the income tax for more spending.”

He added with all of that coming to a head last week, “it’s not a shot in the dark to say that original framework has come and gone.”

Tuesday, December 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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