Boy, there sure is a lot for the state legislature to get done if lawmakers are going to pass a state budget by the June 30 deadline.
Think they’ll resolve pension reform, liquor privatization and transportation infrastructure spending by then? Yeah, me neither.
So here’s a quick look around at where things stand, according to a variety of state news resources:
- Pa. revenue ahead of projections (Central Penn Business Journal)
- Corbett hits homestretch on budget, rest of agenda (Reading Eagle)
- Gov. Tom Corbett, GOP legislative leaders meet on budget (The Patriot-News)
- Pa. House sends budget to Senate (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Senate will reconvene at 1 p.m. today. The Appropriations Committee will be discussing the budget, also known as House Bill 1437.
Meanwhile, the full Senate will be considering who to name a bunch of bridges after, whether it should be legally required to notify patients of their breast density after they receive a mammogram, and – and I’ll admit this is fascinating – expanding the cases for which state police can collect DNA samples.
Fascinating, probably necessary, and some run-of-the mill stuff on the agenda, yes. But I repeat: 13 days, people. Only 13 days.