December 6, 2015

Budget Update: Collapse Or Bump In The Road?

(Dec. 6 11:15 a.m.)-- The Senate (7:00 p.m.) and House (3:30 p.m.) return to voting session Sunday and may move competing versions of a state budget.  
Some House Republicans are looking at a barebones $30.3 billion budget without tax increases pushed by conservative members.  They also want to set aside pension and liquor reform.
The Senate Republicans and Gov. Wolf are sticking with the budget framework calls for-- $30.7 billion budget with $600 million in revenue “enhancements.”
House Republicans just CANCELED the Appropriations Committee they had scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Sunday on its General Fund budget vehicle-- House Bill 1460 (Adolph-R- Delaware).
The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a meeting Sunday off the floor (after 7:00 p.m.) to consider its version of a General Fund--  Senate Bill 1073 (Browne-R- Lehigh) and pension reform-- Senate Bill 1082 (Browne-R-Lehigh)-- bills.
Another bump in the road or a total collapse?  Stay tuned….
Competing Budget Bills Could Emerge Sunday
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