Well….Not So Fast

Yesterday the PA Senate Appropriations Committee voted HB1416 out of committee with a negative recommendation. It will come up for second reading in the Senate today and then a potential floor vote on the bill on Monday. Governor Rendell held a press conference yesterday where he talked about funding for education and stated that if the Senate expected to cut funding to education that the members should expect to bring their coats to Harrisburg because it would be a long process. Not good news for the thousands upon thousands of state workers whose pay is effected by this impasse. Expect the Senate to try to amend HB1416 back to near Civera Amendment status which should not go far in the House. However, I think the best chance to move forward in the process will be through negotiations among the leaders of all 4 caucuses and the administration. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. The Senate reconvenes today (Sunday) at 4 p.m. but I don’t expect that session to last long. Probably just for the second reading technicality.

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