(Aug 19) The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis

by John L. Micek
The Patriot-NewsOkay – here we go.They didn’t call it a “last, best offer,” but House and Senate Republicans gave Gov. Tom Wolf the functional equivalent when they emerged from a brief negotiating session on Wednesday morning.

The concessions the Republicans offered on the pension plan that Democrat Wolf vetoed back in June include some increased employer contributions as well as the transition to a 401(k)-style retirement account for new state employees.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman Describes GOP’s Offer To Break State Budget Impasse Corman discusses the offer that Republican leaders gave up to Gov. Tom Wolf which they said is non-negotiable but if Wolf agrees to it, would help lead to a finalized state budget.

In return for giving the GOP a near-as-darnit version of their pension bill, the GOP said it was prepared to offer Wolf the full $400 million increase in the basic education subsidy that he wanted.

Full story: The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis, by John L. Micek, The Patriot-News, 08/19/15

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