By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG – After a “positive” meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday, the state House is ready to take the next step in the budget process early next week.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said Monday evening that the House was getting ready to introduce their version of a state budget, and could do so as early as next Monday.
“We established timetables and process,” Turzai said. “We intend to move in due diligence to make sure we have the budget done in a timely fashion, and a responsible fashion.”
But that was dependent on the state collecting about $232 million in excess revenue during the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30.
Turzai declined to answer when asked if the lower revenue figures would create a bigger headache in a budget year that could also include several big-ticket items like pension reforms, a transportation infrastructure plan (perhaps with an accompanying tax increase) and the privatization of the state liquor stores.
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