Budget-supporting revenue talks may be off the rails

Budget-supporting revenue talks may be off the rails

It didn’t take long after the FY 2016-2017 budget landed on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Friday for some of the old signs of the 2015-2016 impasse to show themselves in how legislative leaders are going about negotiating the revenue to support the $31.6 billion spending plan passed just the night before.

 

While discussions to get some agreement on revenue to possibly get everything for the budget wrapped up before the July Fourth holiday weekend occurred in earnest throughout the early part of the day Friday, things quickly and dramatically hit a speed bump after House Republicans put a revenue plan on the table that failed to get agreement of House Democrats.

Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Hughes: "Everyone's working on getting it all finished today"

Hughes: "Everyone's working on getting it all finished today"

Democratic chair of senate appropriations committee, Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), offers his thoughts on a potential revenue package. 

Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Budget deal getting closer and closer, but differences remain

Budget deal getting closer and closer, but differences remain

While the June 30th budget deadline is getting closer, so is a final budget deal, legislative leaders said Thursday.

“We’re still working out the differences, they are getting closer and closer,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

“The differences are definitely narrowing, we’ve got staff working on some of those differences…you’re probably talking several days before everything is lined up and ready to go to complete budget process, but I am still optimistic.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corman: “We have to get a much more reasonable spend number”

Corman: “We have to get a much more reasonable spend number”

While other legislative business might take center stage as the Senate returns to voting session this week, inquiring minds are continually curious about the progress being made on the FY 2016-2017 state budget, due in just over 50 days.

While the House left Harrisburg for a week’s recess last Tuesday with only procedural moves made on the coming fiscal year’s spending plan, sources report that some level of meetings have been taking place as Republicans and Democrats try to come to a consensus on what the spending plan should look like.

Leaders in the Senate told The PLS Reporter Monday that the groundwork for discussions already underway will continue this week.

Monday, May 9, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf vows veto of latest GOP attempt to finish fiscal year’s budget

Gov. Wolf vows veto of latest GOP attempt to finish fiscal year’s budget

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon vowed to veto the latest attempt by the Republican-led legislature to bring about a conclusion to the FY 2015-2016 budget process after they sent a $6 billion-plus supplemental bill to his desk.

With the supplemental added in, the total budget for the fiscal year will ring in at $30.025 billion.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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