Capitol Update

(July 22) Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania on pensions, budget

By KAREN SHUEY Monday, July 21, 2014 3:59 pm | Updated: 9:13 pm, Mon Jul 21, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service lowered Pennsylvania’s credit rating on $11.1 billion worth of bonds in part due to the recently passed state budget that … Continue reading »

(July 11) Legislators aren’t rushing back to Harrisburg despite Corbett’s request

By Christina Kauffman on July 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM, updated July 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM There are at least a couple concepts on which Republican leaders of the state House and Senate can agree: They’re not fans of … Continue reading »

(July 8) Lights, camera, budget? Work on Pa.’s delayed 2014-15 budget set to resume

By Charles Thompson on July 08, 2014 at 5:45 AM, updated July 08, 2014 at 5:48 AM The Pennsylvania budget that isn’t gets its next-best shot at completion Tuesday, as the state Senate returns to Harrisburg to take up the … Continue reading »

(July 3) House GOP leaders deal Corbett a blow by not taking up pension reform before summer break

By Jan Murphy on July 02, 2014 at 6:15 PM, updated July 02, 2014 at 8:55 PM It’s decided. There will be no pension reform vote before the House recesses for summer. But there is expected to be a vote … Continue reading »

(July 3) Pa.’s budget theater may extend to next week, along with Gov. Tom Corbett’s push for pension reform

By Charles Thompson on July 02, 2014 at 5:12 PM, updated July 02, 2014 at 11:03 PM Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he has still not reached a decision about signing the $29.1 billion general fund budget that lawmakers sent … Continue reading »

(July 2) Budget stalled, Senate goes home, House wrangles on pension changes

Amy Wordenand Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11:54 PM HARRISBURG – The Senate went home. The governor was largely silent. And as the first day of a new fiscal year without a state budget neared … Continue reading »

(July 1) Corbett wants General Assembly to send him ‘meaningful pension reform’ before signing the budget

By Jan Murphy on July 01, 2014 at 12:08 AM, updated July 01, 2014 at 3:07 AM When Gov. Tom Corbett took a look at the $29.1 billion general fund budget plan that the General Assembly sent to him on … Continue reading »

(June 30) Elected officials-only pension reform plan teed up for a vote in the Senate

By Jan Murphy on June 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM It’s not at all the sweeping pension reform that Gov. Tom Corbett sought but the Senate has now positioned a bill for a vote by that chamber that would move … Continue reading »

(June 30) How do we spend $29.1 billion, Pennsylvania? Here’s a look

By Charles Thompson on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated June 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM An agreed-to, and Republican-authored state budget for fiscal 2014-15 is queued up for final passage in the Pennsylvania Legislature Monday. The proposed $29.1 … Continue reading »

(June 30) Corbett could veto budget without pension changes

By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau 11:18 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2014 HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett said Sunday he has not ruled out a veto of the state budget if lawmakers do nothing to address pension debt costs that … Continue reading »