State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
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Episode 14: Lines in the sand

Written by Katie Meyer | Jul 8, 2017 4:08 PM

The state budget was due a week ago, and lawmakers still haven't come to an agreement on how to pay for it. If they don't figure something out by midnight on Monday, the unbalanced spending plan becomes law without Governor Tom Wolf's signature.

The House and Senate GOP are driving negotiations. Both caucuses have staked out firm positions on the commonwealth's various revenue options, and are apparently having trouble reaching common ground. Leaders have been locked in closed meetings all week, and as the chambers prepare for a weekend in session, little information is available.

The AP's Marc Levy joins us to recap how negotiations are going. We'll also talk about the impact this budget could have on Pennsylvania's already-subpar credit rating, as well as why official budget projections are often misleading.

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