Optimism In Harrisburg For An On-Time Budget

Deadline is June 30th

June 04, 2018 - 8:14 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Lawmakers return to the state Capitol today with a budget deadline to meet at the end of the month. 

In late March, Pat Browne, the Senate Appropriations Chairman, told the Main Line Chamber of Commerce he believed the budget could get done on time or even a bit early. Two months later, with state revenues running slightly above projections, Browne tells KDKA Radio's Tony Romeo: “There’s really no reason given our current financial circumstances that we can’t close within the June timeline.”

Browne does not forsee a stalemate this year even if, in the end, the spending plan the legislature approves doesn’t give the governor everything he wants: “particularly in the education area… where we’ll have to reconcile how much we’re proposing as opposed to how much he would eventually want. And that is all part of the process of negotiating a budget, and I know we’ll be able to do that.”

Meanwhile, Jenn Kocher, spokeswoman for Senate majority Republicans, says school safety will be a legislative priority in the weeks before scheduled summer recess: “that would include looking at maybe some additional dollars to provide to schools.” 

A spokesman for the House majority leader says school safety will also be a priority in that chamber.

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