State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Back to the drawing board

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 1, 2015 5:14 PM
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The first post-veto budget meeting was brief.

Most Republican and Democratic leaders joined Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday afternoon, either in person or by phone. It hadn't been 24 hours since the governor had vetoed the GOP-crafted budget. Republicans had followed up passage of the $30.1 billion plan by calling on the governor to propose an alternative to his original budget wish-list.

"No, I don't think that's the way it works," Wolf told reporters gathered outside his office after the meeting. "I presented my proposal, they now have presented their proposal. Now we're going to sit down and talk about how we reconcile those two differing proposals."

Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed said he expects there to be high-level meetings every day starting next week.

"We've got a lot of work to do over the next.... couple days, couple weeks, to get to an agreement on a final budget document," Reed said. "That takes a little bit of give and take to do so, on both sides."

The stakes get higher with time -- as vendors go longer without state dollars, and schools face the prospect of not receiving their funding in August.

This year, the spending plan will depend on several thorny policies: numerous different taxes, a new funding formula for education, a years-old attempt to change state pension benefits, and a decades-old effort to privatize state liquor stores.

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