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Update on PA Budget from Senator Hughes


Senate Democrats and Republicans Hold a Joint Press Conference to Discuss the State Budget :: June 29, 2016
Senate Democrats and Republicans Hold a Joint Press Conference to Discuss the State Budget :: June 29, 2016

Last week, Pennsylvania lawmakers voted in a bipartisan fashion to send a state budget to Governor Wolf. The budget is not perfect, but it does make additional investments in public schools and higher education. I am working to make sure that the legislature passes an appropriate revenue package to fund this spending.

Below is a link to an in-depth interview that I did on Monday with WHYY about the current situation. Please take a listen and share with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can raise our voices to make sure that the state legislature passes a responsible revenue package to fully fund the state budget.

LISTEN: Senator Hughes speaks to WHYY about the status of the state budget

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Clock Ticks Down to Another Budget Decision for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

By Marc Levy | July 6, 2016

Capitol ClockHARRISBURG The clock kept ticking toward decision day for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on budget legislation that lacks the money to finance it, as negotiators stayed quiet Wednesday about their private discussions.

The Capitol was empty, Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature wasn't in session, and few, if any, lawmakers were in the building.

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Pennsylvania Budget Talks Enter New Week with No News of Deal on Financing

By Associated Press | July 5, 2016

HARRISBURG Negotiators reported no agreement on financing state government's $31.5 billion budget plan as top lawmakers met privately and apparently fruitlessly Tuesday in the quiet state Capitol five days into the state's fiscal year.

The state House of Representatives and Senate weren't scheduled to resume sessions Tuesday as a divide over election-year tax increases dragged out negotiations between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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$31.5 Billion Question: How Will Pa. Pay for Budget?

By Angela Couloumbis | July 6, 2016

HARRISBURG - After failing to enact a state budget on time, Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature now find themselves working against a new deadline.

The two sides have until midnight Monday to reach consensus on how to pay for the $31.5 billion spending plan that lawmakers sent Wolf last week.

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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

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Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
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Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
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