Governor Corbett yesterday called out the Philadelphia teachers union for not contributing to a solution for the school district’s fiscal mess. The union says the governor is wrong.
Governor Corbett’s decision to trim legislative funding from the new state budget is shining a light on the rift between the Republican governor and the legislative leaders of his own party who control the House and Senate.
Gov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the state legislature’s budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.
The current fiscal year ends June 30th. That’s when a new budget is due and lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up work for the summer. But, Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader has told members of his caucus to prepare to be in Harrisburg in July.
“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.
“There is not one business in this room that would operate that way,” he told the business leaders.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is lauding the turnaround of Pennsylvania’s economy during the four years he was in office.
The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.
The state revenue secretary says the Pennsylvania Lottery could begin rolling out a keno game by the end of this year if a consensus can be reached.
The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.
Charles Zogby says one big area of growth is teacher and state employee pension increases of more than $600 million. And he says Gov. Corbett is still hopeful for pension reform.
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.