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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 9:06 AM

Call it a case of strange bedfellows, courtesy of Pennsylvania’s prolonged budget stalemate. A recent House vote on a proposed overhaul of the state’s pension systems for state and public school employees had groups that usually oppose each other — public sector unions and conservative organizations that favor less government spending — working on the same side, but for opposite reasons. 
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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 22, 2015.

 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 8:55 AM

An 8-1 vote of Burgettstown Area School Board Monday to approve a $4 million loan means the school district will operate as usual despite the lack of a state budget.
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Source: Washington Co. Observer-Reporter, Dec. 21, 2015.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 2:55 PM

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Monday, December 21, 2015 1:09 PM

HARRISBURG (December 21, 2015) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding called on lawmakers to end the nearly six month budget deadlock, once and for all, by adopting a full-year state budget similar to the agreement that overwhelmingly passed the Senate recently, which would increase basic education funding by $350 million.

"Our public schools, and the students they serve, need and deserve a state budget to be passed immediately," said Campaign spokesperson Charlie Lyons. "Some school districts are already being pushed to the decision of whether to reopen after the holiday break; more will reach that point as we move into January. Instead of a partial budget that will only continue the uncertainty and perpetuate the financial stress on schools, lawmakers need to pass a full-year budget before they leave town for the holidays.

"All sides agreed to a budget framework that invests $350 million more to help schools recover from inadequate funding in recent years and to begin implementing a more equitable funding formula," Lyons said. "Lawmakers need to put Pennsylvania's school children first, and not let other disagreements stand in the way of a better future for them. After almost six months of delay, state leaders should not kick the can down the road any more, but instead pass a budget that is worth the wait for Pennsylvania's students."

The nonpartisan Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a coalition of more than 50 member organizations representing educators, labor, business leaders, faith-based organizations, child advocates, charter schools, traditional public schools, with representatives from rural, urban and growing school districts. The groups joined together last year to urge the state to adopt and adequately fund a new fair education funding formula.

Learn more at www.fairfundingpa.org.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:58 AM

After rejecting piece after piece of a bipartisan deal to end Pennsylvania's five-month-old budget stalemate, House Republican majority leaders are planning procedural votes on a short-term emergency spending package.
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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 21, 2015.



 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:58 AM

Legislative leaders huddled behind closed doors Sunday to determine how to resolve the state's budget crisis after a so-called framework agreement seemed to implode a day earlier.
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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2015.

 
Monday, December 21, 2015 9:49 AM

The state, without a budget for nearly six months, mandates school districts to have a budget six months early, and Centennial (Bucks Co.) officials are lashing out at the double standard.
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Source: The Doylestown Intelligencer, Dec. 19, 2015.

 
Friday, December 18, 2015 9:30 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration and its allies worked through the day Thursday to sway enough rank-and-file House Republicans behind a $1 billion-plus tax increase to override opposition from House GOP leaders and end the state government's five-and-a-half-month budget stalemate. 
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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 17, 2015.

 
Friday, December 18, 2015 9:28 AM

A day after House Republicans told Gov. Wolf he had 24 hours to recruit enough votes to pass a long-overdue state budget, their deadline came and went.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 18, 2015.

 
Friday, December 18, 2015 9:13 AM

Debate in the state House of Representatives on legislation to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's large public-sector pension plans is on hold.

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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 17, 2015.

 
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