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PA-BGT: Pensions and Education Discussed, but Little Progress Overall

wolf-budget addressAlthough it has been more than a month since Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the budget that was proposed, there seems to be hardly any progress to report.

According to Chris Comisac of Capitolwire, Thursday’s meeting of legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf facilitated talks on pensions and education spending.

“We’re making some progress on two really important issues – the pensions and education,” said Wolf. “We obviously have differences, and I’ll let the [House Majority] Leader talk about them, but I think we had a good conversation, a good discussion.”

Education funding has been one of the centerpieces of Wolf’s budget concerns for quite some time, and Wolf has noted several times that his plan for education is much better than the Republican plan.

“We’ve spent the last two days focused on pensions and education, and obviously those two items are needed to get a final budget agreement. We still have differences that exist. We’re hoping to do so in a timely fashion,” commented Reed.

It seems that the only agreement in the room is on “anti-spiking” and cost-neutral lump sum payments to retirees. Wolf still remains at a $400 million dollar plan in additional educational spending while the GOP stands at $100 million.

Currently, the next meeting on the budget is scheduled for next Tuesday.

11 Responses

  1. Televise the budget hearings. Let us judge where the problem is, or who the problem is.

  2. Cut the state rep and senators pension benefits. These anti-government “conservative” crusaders like Tim Krieger and Kim Ward sure know how to get on the public dole!

  3. A new low for PA. Simply operating the state, spending money without any legislative authority. They used to pretend only “essential” services could be continued. Does anyone care? No. The big question is can taxes be raised without legislative authority?

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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