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Late budget not expected to impact state workers's paychecks

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 9, 2014 3:44 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Budget stalemates have resulted in missed paychecks for state employees in the past. But as of right now, that's not expected to happen this year.

In both 1991 and 2009, tens of thousands of employees, including Pennsylvania National Guard members serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, went without pay because the budget wasn't passed in time.

With the state House and Senate approving the bulk of the $29.1 billion spending plan June 30th, furloughs or missed paychecks aren't likely this time, even if Governor Corbett doesn't sign it.

The budget would automatically go into effect tomorrow without action from the Governor.

Political science professor Chris Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, says the automatic approval will keep the money flowing to state workers.

"The legal framework right now, as established, makes it very likely that paychecks will be paid to state employees. There could be some interpretations of the law that might have some caveats to that. The likelihood that those will impact state employees remains pretty low."

Governor Corbett could still veto the budget bill and call the Legislature back, or use his line item veto power to force cuts.

Those changes could potentially impact paychecks.

His spokesperson has offered no updates on his thinking since saying the governor could make any number of decisions.

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