Tonight is make or break, says Pileggi
June 28, 2010 Leave a comment
The pizzas are being brought into Senate offices, as legislative leaders and their staff prepare for a long night of talks. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says tonight is make or break, if lawmakers want to deliver a budget to Governor Rendell’s desk by June 30th. “If we can’t reach an agreement this evening we won’t have enough time to prepare a general appropriations bill for us to consider tomorrow,” the Republican told reporters a few minutes ago. “I’d say we’re making steady but excruciatingly slow progress. I hope to be here through the night as long as we’re making progress.”
And a June 30th budget isn’t just cosmetic. Pileggi says some of the concessions Senate Republicans have made – including a natural gas tax, according to Capitolwire and the Patriot News – are off the table once July hits. “All of the negotiations so far have been based on a final product being on the governor’s desk by June 30,” he said. “If that does not happen all of those items are subject to renegotiation.”
I still haven’t spotted a House Democrat, despite numerous strolls past their offices. I’ll have an update ASAP, if that happens.