Bolstered by the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday two state lawmakers say they will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania.
Reps. Brian Sims, (D.,Phila.) and Steve McCarter, (D., Montgomery), say that the high court rulings show it is time for Pennsylvania to join surrounding states that have enacted marriage equality bills.
The revised Senate plan to privatize the sale of wine and liquor is out, but Republicans who control the chamber still do not appear to have the votes to pass it.
Another day has come and gone without agreement on any of the major policy initiatives in Harrisburg.
As the legislative clock quickly winds down to the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget, Gov. Corbett and Republicans who control the legislature are struggling to strike a compromise on what have come to be known as "The Big Three": privatizing the sale of wine and liquor, reining in the skyrocketing cost of public employee pensions, and funding roads, bridges and mass transit.
Senate Republicans spent nearly five hours behind closed doors Wednesday trying to hammer out their differences on liquor privatization, only to postpone taking up amendments to the bill on the floor, as they had planned. Meanwhile, their Republican counterparts in the House moved fitfully between calling committee meetings to vote on a transportation funding bill, and then canceling them.
Closed-door talks continued Tuesday as Gov. Corbett and Republican legislative leaders tried to hammer out differences on major policy initiatives before Sunday's deadline to pass a state budget.
The day brought incremental movement - but no final agreement - on what have come to be known as the Big 3: pension reform, liquor privatization, and transportation funding. Legislators in the Senate also made progress on moving key pieces of a rescue package for Philadelphia's cash-strapped school district.
The state legislature and Gov. Corbett turn the stretch for home today as the final week of budget negotiations gets underway.
Arguably the most controversial item in the state budget itself is education funding, particularly in Philadelphia where mass layoffs are pending without a solution to its $304 million deficit.
It's finally here: the last full week before the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget in Pennsylvania.
And how does it start off? With news of what is NOT getting done, rather than what is.
The state's fiscal watchdog said today drivers may have to cough up $50 to cross Pennsylvania in a few years if theTurnpike's debt isn't cleared up.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a report showing that without intervention motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's will be bearing the brunt of the highway's debt load.
None of the legislative leaders has ever been more than politically polite when assessing Gov. Corbett's proposal to rein in the skyrocketing cost of public pensions in Pennsylvania.
But on Tuesday, a top Senate Republican all but said that the governor's full plan is as good as dead.