The speaker of the Pennsylvania House now says a vote on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit won’t happen until next month at the earliest.
Final work on the Pennsylvania budget will go into a second week of overtime, and maybe beyond, as the result of differences between the state House and Senate over one of the “companion” bills that make up the state budget package.
A SEPTA spokeswoman says the transit agency wasn’t expecting the state legislature to approve transportation funding before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th.
Gov. Tom Corbett shuttled between the offices of legislative leaders on the final afternoon of the state budget year Sunday with the fate of his ambitious budget-season agenda hanging in the balance.
It appears that the majority Republicans in the Pennsylvania are poised to gut a transportation funding bill passed by the state senate earlier this year.
Governor Corbett today will also roll out his plan to address the rising costs of state and school employee pensions. And he’s expected to propose lifting the cap on gasoline taxes at the wholesale level when he outlines a long-awaited proposal to raise new money for transportation projects.
Corbett says funding for the state-related universities -– Temple, Pitt, Lincoln, and Penn State -– as well as the 14 state-owned universities will remain the same in his budget proposal.
Governor Corbett is likely to propose changes to future pension benefits for current workers when he rolls out his plan to reduce the spiking cost of pensions for school and state employees.
Now midway into his first term, Gov. Corbett says there are “many causes crying out for funding.”
In his mid-year briefing, Pennsylvania’s budget secretary says the outlook for the rest of the fiscal year is status quo but that the budget for the new fiscal year may be the toughest one yet.
The cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.
Legislation imposing a moratorium on gas and oil drilling in Bucks and Montgomery Counties was included in budget legislation approved over the weekend, touching off a firestorm of controversy.
Work on the budget is not likely to be completed until Saturday.
Auditor General Jack Wagner says Pennsylvania charter schools are spending a million dollars a day more than necessary.
A local program that aids fathers who had done prison time readjust to society is being phased out, because state funding has been cut off.