Capitol Quick Hits for 6.26.14

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

  • Several natural gas industry organizations held a teleconference to discuss the potential economic impacts of a severance tax, which is being discussed as part of the 2014-2015 state budget. Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania (API-PA), the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), and the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) were represented on the call.
  •  Education advocates from various parts of the state gathered in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol this afternoon to speak against the House-approved budget that was recently passed through HB 2328. Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, expressed outrage that the House passed a budget that cut education spending by two-thirds of what was offered in Gov. Corbett’s initial proposal.
  • Education activists held a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to kick off a sit-in to protest cuts to public education in this year’s budget. Helen Gym, member of Philadelphia’s Parents United for Public Education, said the activists are attending the rally to send a message to the members of the General Assembly that are unhappy with the budget proposed by the House of Representatives. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Corman discusses budget/revenue possibilities

VIDEO: Corman discusses budget/revenue possibilities

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman gives an update of budget negotiations after an off-the-floor meeting. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislature, administration split on whether June 30 budget goal is obtainable

As the Senate moved the General Appropriations bill out of the Appropriations Committee Thursday evening, voices in the legislature and administration remain split on whether the constitutionally mandated June 30 budget deadline is obtainable.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Sen. Hughes wants to see the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Sen. Hughes wants to see the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Minority Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Vincent Hughes gives his remarks on HB 2328, the current budget bill, during an off-the-floor meeting. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Governor demands vote on pension reform

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday took the unusual step of heading to the Capitol Newsroom to call the General Assembly to vote on pension reform, citing concerns over the Commonwealth’s debt rating.

“This is not a partisan issue, this is a taxpayer issue,” he said. “In addition to giving us a little more room and save money for the people of Pennsylvania in the long run, [it] deals with our credit-worthiness in this country and deals with the rating agencies.”

Gov. Corbett noted credit rating agencies have been looking at Pennsylvania to determine whether they will downgrade the Commonwealth’s rating because of the instability of the pension issue.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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