"We are convinced the public truly appreciates the work of the Senate to take up the House legislation we passed Dec. 8. By passing the House General Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1460, we now have a responsible budget that lives within our means while still amply providing for core state budget priorities. “We look forward to working with House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Democrats, and the governor to ensure revenues are in place in a timely fashion. It’s time to bring this budget impasse to a conclusion in a manner which respects our taxpayers.
“It is long past time to get money out to our school districts and human service agencies and keep government operating. We urge the governor to sign this bill when it gets to his desk.”
Representative Mike Turzai, Speaker
Representative Dave Reed, Majority Leader
Now that Tuesday's parliamentary drama in the state House is out of the way, today is for all the marbles. Insurgent Republicans, joined by Democrats, will try to get a #PaBudget bill onto Gov. Tom Wolf's desk, thus ending the state's longest-ever budget stand-off. But, you ask, what of pensions? What of booze? What of taxes? What of the fiscal code and lobbyists hung by the chimney with care? Well on, Turzai! On Reed! On Corman and Wagner! On Christiana! On Evankovich, On Metcalfe and Vereb! Assuming today's push is successful, it can go one of two ways: Lawmakers might well press on with all those items ... ...Or ... they might wait until after Christmas, arguing that the approval of a general fund budget bill gives Wolf the authority to release money to schools and nonprofits and then come back and deal with all of it after the holiday. At least that's the impression we were left with after some conversations we had last night. So to bring you up to speed, here are the five (or so) Tweets that explain where things are with the budget on this 23rd day of December.
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Housing and meeting registration is open for Advocacy Institute 2016. The theme, “Election Year Politics & Public Schools,” celebrates the exciting year ahead for school board advocacy. Strong legislative programming will be paramount at this year’s conference in January. Visit www.nsba.org/advocacyinstitute for more information.
Wednesday, February 17 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. -
Thursday, February 25 - 8:30-11:00 a.m. -
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377