House sends $29.1 billion budget to Senate as negotiations continue

After nearly three hours of debate Wednesday, the House of Representatives sent a $29.1 billion spending plan to the Senate for consideration by a 110-93 vote.

During the debate on final passage, Republicans noted the difficult nature of this year’s budget in the loss of federal funds and lackluster revenue, but praised the budget for increasing education, public welfare, and environmental spending.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; talks liquor privatization, education

VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; talks liquor privatization, education

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi gives a budget negotiation update. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

VIDEO: Corman discusses budget outlook

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives the latest news in budget negotiations. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.25.14

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

  • Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to present the findings of the Joint State Government Commission report, "Childhood Obesity: Report of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity". As a result of HR 243, Rep. Grove said that the Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity was formed to bring numerous public and private stakeholders into a dialogue about the prevalence and impact of childhood obesity across the state. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators may linger past June 30 even if budget passes on time

While a General Appropriations bill might meet the June 30 deadline, it is increasingly likely that the ancillary bills needed to implement it may not.

Senate leadership has indicated it may take longer to get the other, necessary pieces in place that allow the actual budget to be implemented.

“I think, overall, it’s a good budget,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre). “We’ll have some changes, obviously. We don’t have the votes to create $385 million worth of liquor revenue…so we’ll have to close that gap another way.”

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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