Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday on a “Jobs That Pay” event where, after touring an area business, he provided his thoughts on the ongoing state budget process.

With a plan to fund the 2017-18 state budget halfway to implementation after the Senate passed a $2 billion revenue package late last month, Gov. Wolf said he is hopeful this year’s budget standoff will be over soon.

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for July 24

The state Senate voted on a package of revenue bills this week to balance the current and just recently concluded 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Here’s how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Senate legislative delegation voted on those bills. 

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday morning narrowly passed and sent to the House a revenue package to balance the FY 2017-2018 spending plan and close out the FY 2016-2017 deficit.

 

While narrowly passing the chamber by a 26-24 margin, the revenue package cobbled together by the Senate with a mix of Republican and Democratic support was said to be a product of a chamber aimed at leading the state’s lawmaking bodies through a nearly month-long standoff on how to fund two budgets that are roughly $2.2 billion out of balance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

The Republican leaders from both the House and the Senate huddled behind closed doors for the second day in a row Wednesday trying to come up with a consensus plan that will balance the spending plan that has been law for just over a week.

 

Much like discussions that have taken place throughout the week, progress toward bridging the differences that have caused disagreement between the two majority caucuses was incremental, if progress was made at all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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