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2015-16 Budget Impasse Nears Closure; Legislators Turn Attention to Other Issues

Charles J. Klitsch, Esq. on 3/29/2016

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Pennsylvania's nine month budget stand-off almost ended quietly on March 23, 2016, when Governor Wolf announced that he would neither sign nor veto a Republican-sponsored budget closure package passed in the General Assembly the previous week. Both sides got something out of the budget, with Republicans in the General Assembly claiming victory for preventing a tax increase and Governor Wolf obtaining a $200 million increase in appropriations for public schools - half the amount the governor originally sought. However, Governor Wolf vetoed the Fiscal Code bill, citing objectionable components of the funding formula and the borrowing plan. For now, the veto wipes out the increase in public school spending and results in a net loss. So it's not over yet.

Lawmakers will have to deal with the 2016-17 budget in short order. In the meantime, attention has turned to other legislative matters. Courtesy of Crisci Associates, read the legislative report for the end of March.

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