McCall: Next 24 Hours “Critical” for Budget

The top House Democrat says the “next 24 hours are critical,” if lawmakers want to pass a state budget by the June 30th deadline.

Caucus leaders met this morning, then sat down with Governor Rendell at 2 o’clock. They’ll talk again tonight.

House Speaker Keith McCall says right now, Democrats are proposing a 28.2 billion dollar spending plan, and Republicans are backing a 27.5 billion dollar budget that would not raise any taxes.

The legislators will provide line item breakdowns of their two spending plans to Governor Rendell tomorrow. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says those details will be made public after Rendell reviews them. Scarnati says, “it would be ideal for us to come back in session on Monday and be able to load a House bill with the agreement and send it to the House,” but concedes, “we’re running out of time.” He gives an on-time budget an 80 percent likelihood.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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