Last night, the House passed a budget bill, House Bill 1416, which is now being reviewed by the Senate. This new bill is $34.78 million less than a budget approved by the Senate on Tuesday. There is cautious optimism that the budget impasse may actually be coming to its end (but remember we have unfortunately felt this way before).
The House also approved a $1.7 billion revenue bill that will pay for the budget plan and sent it to the Governor for his signature. However, many things still remain unresolved, including, is the potential legalization of poker, blackjack and other table games at slot-machine casinos.
For the latest news on the budget crisis, be sure to visit the PathWays PA Policy Blog.
Two Important Events Today
Philadelphia Rally - 12:00 at the Municipal Services Building, JFK Blvd between Broad and 15th.
Harrisburg Press Conference - 1:30 State Capitol, Main Rotunda