December 7, 2015

House Republicans Report Out Budget Bill Different Than Senate Version

By a party-line vote of 22 to 15, House Republicans amended and reported out House Bill 1460 (Adolph-R- Delaware) which was very different than the budget framework agreed-to by Senate Republicans, Gov. Wolf and House Republican leadership, but it was like House Bill 1192 (Adolph-R-Delaware) Gov. Wolf vetoed June 30.
Click Here for a copy of the amendment. Click Here for a copy of the House Republican budget spreadsheet for House Bill 1460.
Less than an hour before, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget bill by a vote of 43 to 7 that Gov. Wolf will sign into law.
The $30.2 billion plan trims the framework increase in education from $350 million to $150 million, including $215 million less for basic education, $25 million less for pre-K programs, $5 million less for Head Start, $20 million less for special education.
Republicans would pay for their budget by authorizing online gaming-- $120 million; $150 million in tobacco tax increase (taxing e-cigarettes and roll your own); $24 million in one-time online gaming license fees; legalizing slot machines at off-track betting parlors and airports; and for the first time tax all state lottery winnings.  New money totals $309 million in all.
Appropriations Committee Majority Chair Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) said this budget represents the art of the possible.
Rep. Adolph said the full House will vote on their version of the budget Tuesday.
Senate OKs Bipartisan Budget, House Fate Unsure