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Despite Progress, State Budget Unlikely to Be Completed by June 30

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As the clock ticks down on the 2024 fiscal year in the Commonwealth, it is looking less and less likely that a new budget for FY25 will be in place by June 30.

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires the Governor to submit a budget annually for the coming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The General Assembly may alter the proposed budget, but the Governor may veto individual appropriations passed by the Assembly.

Gov. Josh Shapiro did his part, submitting his $48.3 billion budget to the General Assembly on February 6. While legislators on both sides of the aisle say they have made significant progress, the tea leaves say that a new month and fiscal year will begin without the passage of the bill.

The Pennsylvania State Senate was scheduled for session during each of the next three days. That plan was altered on Thursday as the chamber adjourned until Monday, July 1.

“Our work to complete the 2024-25 state budget continues to progress. We are encouraged by the ongoing dialogue between the Senate, House and Governor,” said the Senate Republican leadership – Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-Indiana) and Senate Appropriations Chair Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) in a statement.

“While it appears clear at this point that we will not have a full budget agreement which could be implemented by June 30, we are hopeful to reach a consensus very soon and avoid any negative impacts on the people of Pennsylvania. The Senate will recess today and return Monday, July 1, at 3 p.m.”

At an event in Centre County on Thursday, Shapiro expressed optimism on getting the job done … just no commitment on a timeline.

“We have had very productive, very honest dialogue — a dialogue where every party involved understands that the only way we get this done is to compromise, and that is what we’re working towards now,” said the governor.

“I am grateful to all parties involved for remaining at the table, continuing to work hard on this, and understanding that we all have a collective responsibility to get this done for the good people of Pennsylvania.”

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that progress has been made, but there is still a “significant” amount of work to be done.

“What’s most important is that we have a general appropriation bill and relevant code bills that get it done,” he said on the Senate floor. “It’s important that we continue this dialogue and continue the positive movement that is taking place among the caucuses, the chambers and the governor’s office.”

The State House is also scheduled for session days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No word as to whether the chamber intends to continue its work or follow the Senate’s lead.

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