Category Archives: Budget

PA Budget Would Still Derail Oil and Gas Regs, Clean Power Plan

The PA budget framework advanced by the House yesterday still contains language derailing conventional oil and gas drilling regulations pending approval by the Department of Environmental Protection, reports Dave Hess. Provisions related to giving the General Assembly extra time to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

PA Budget: House Republicans vs. The World

Via Charles Thompson: Pennsylvania House Republicans abandoned the fragile state budget “framework” Saturday after members told caucus leaders they could not support the roughly $2 billion in new taxes needed to pay for it. Republicans said they will start work … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues, Miscellany

Wolf Says He Won’t Sign a 5th Corbett Budget. Agreement on Budget Framework or No Dice.

The key questions to ask about any stop-gap budget are going to be “does it extend the Tom Corbett budget?” and “is there agreement on a new framework” that will be embodied in the stop-gap? A stop-gap that extends the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

PA in Line for $626 Million in Savings from Medicaid Expansion

Elections have consequences: Department of Human Services Sec. Ted Dallas Tuesday announced the end of the transition from Healthy PA to traditional Medicaid expansion—known as HealthChoices in Pennsylvania—as the last of the expansion insurance plans took effect. According to Sec. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Health, Issues

A Stop-Gap Budget is a Political Bailout for Republicans and Tom Wolf Should Veto It

Voters are currently blaming legislative Republicans much more than Tom Wolf for failing to compromise on a state budget. 54%–more than half!–blame the legislature, and only 29% blame Wolf. Naturally, this has Republicans looking for an exit, and you can see … More after the jump

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A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several reminders that there is much more work to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Ed Rendell’s Been Reading His Keystone Politics

Sounds familiar: Did you see the movie Field of Dreams? Remember those messages Kevin Costner got? I’ve been texting him messages from that movie. “Stay the course.” “Go the distance.” “If you hold, they will fold” — my version of … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Tom Wolf is Winning the #PABudget Fight the Ed Rendell Way

Mark Dent’s attempt at grading Tom Wolf’s budget performance thus far contains a useful error I see a lot of journalists making, which is worth flagging because it’s really the lodestar of bad budget reporting. The trouble starts with reporters’ … More after the jump

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Why Wolf Must Veto a Short-Term Budget

A three-month budget should be a non-starter for Tom Wolf, and he should immediately make clear that he’ll veto anything less than a full fiscal year’s worth of funding. What the Republicans want to do here is essentially extend the … More after the jump

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#PA161: Leanne Krueger-Braneky Win Takes Veto Override Off the Table

Former Sustainable Business Network executive director Leanne Krueger-Braneky’s impressive victory over Paul Mullen last night on Republican turf in the 161st District special election sends a clear signal that Delaware County voters are unhappy with their Republican state representatives’ behavior … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Issues, State House