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May 6, 2013 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

WATCHBLOG: House to tee up budget proposal next week

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.”

In February, Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a $28.4 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013-14.

But that was dependent on the state collecting about $232 million in excess revenue during the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

Last week, both the Independent Fiscal Office and the Department of Revenue acknowledged the state was likely to fall short of that mark.

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.

Boehm can be reached at Eric@PAIndependent.com and follow @PAIndependent on Twitter for more.

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Eric Boehm is a reporter for PA Independent. He can be reached at Eric@PAIndependent.com or at (717) 350-0963.

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