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PA Budget Update; Governor Lets Budget Bill Become Law Without His Signature

PA Budget Update; Governor Lets Budget Bill Become Law Without His Signature

Governor Tom Wolf has announced he will let the nearly $32 billion 2017-2018 budget bill (HB 218) become law without his signature. That bill lays out only what the state can spend, but not how to pay for it. The $2-plus billion revenue package to balance the books is still a work in progress with no agreement in sight.

One of the major issues between legislative leaders and the Wolf Administration is exactly how much new, repeating revenue is needed to balance the deal and what revenue options will make the final list.

Senate Republicans are looking at recurring revenue in the range of $450 million to $550 million. The administration wants more and House Republicans say they’ve provided a revenue package. It’s a game of chicken.

As of this evening, the state House was looking to pass Code bills (i.e. Human Services, Public School Code, etc) tomorrow and adjourn until September, pushing off the revenue package (Tax Code and Gaming) until the fall.

However, now it appears the governor may be coming around to accepting certain revenue options which could bring this impasse to an end this week.

Both the state House and Senate are expected to return to session tomorrow at 11 AM.

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