Capitol Update

(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 »

(June 26) Pa. House passes its GOP-crafted state budget plan

By Jan Murphy on June 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM updated June 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM In a nearly straight 110-93 party-line vote, the state House moved a $29.1 billion state general fund budget for 2014-15 to the Senate. The … Continue reading »

(June 25) Pa. House Republicans propose leaner budget than Gov. Tom Corbett’s

By Charles Thompson on June 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM, updated June 25, 2014 at 2:01 AM The House Republican majority has laid its cards on the table in Pennsylvania’s budget debate. And their opening bid is a $29.1 billion budget … Continue reading »

(June 19) IFO Official Revenue Estimate and Governor Corbett Budget Update

The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) on June 16 released the Official Revenue Estimate for Fiscal Year 2014-15, and on June 17, Governor Corbett held a press conference to provide an update on the ongoing budget negotiations given the revenue picture. … Continue reading »

(June 18) Corbett prepared to miss budget deadline to get his initiatives done

Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:40 PM HARRISBURG – Gov. Corbett said Tuesday that he was willing to let the state’s June 30 budget deadline pass if … Continue reading »

(June 18) Senate vote expected on overhauled special education funding formula

By Jan Murphy | on June 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM, updated June 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM The state Senate is poised to vote on Wednesday on a bill that overhauls the way the state distributes special education … Continue reading »

(June 9) Pa. House OKs school construction payment process

Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 7:18 pm Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill to modernize the handling of state reimbursements for school construction projects amid Democrats’ criticism that it won’t … Continue reading »

(June 6) Proposal to base teacher furloughs on performance gets mixed reactions from educators

By Gideon Bradshaw | on June 06, 2014 at 6:02 PM, updated June 06, 2014 at 7:09 PM A bill making its way through the House is meant to let administrators decide which teachers to lay off based on … Continue reading »

(June 4) Bill allowing “In God We Trust” motto in schools wins House approval

By Jan Murphy | on June 02, 2014 at 4:24 PM Legislation that would allow schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” and the Bill of Rights passed the state House on Monday by a 172-24 vote. The bill, sponsored by … Continue reading »