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State Budget Impasse Drags On

Friday, July 31, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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State BudgetHARRISBURG – Pennsylvania heads into its second month without a budget and state spending authority, but a solution to the impasse is not in sight.

Although the Democratic governor and Republican state legislative leaders have had meetings during July, they are still taking occasional pot shots at each other in the press.

Hopes rose that a compromise agreement could be reached in late July when the governor’s chief of staff Katie McGinty resigned to pursue the nomination for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator. McGinty had been seen by Republican leaders as confrontational and resolute in defending the governor’s’ budget proposals. But her absence has produced no new proposals for a compromise.

Pressure Will Build

Pressure will build as state contractors and vendors continue not to be paid. School districts, which must have their budgets solidified by the start of the new school year, also will help to ratchet up pressure on both sides to find a common path to a spending plan.

The record for Pennsylvania being without state spending authority was set under Governor Rendell in 2009, when it took until October 9 to secure a state budget. Could this year set a new record?

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