PA Budget Due At Midnight Tonight

06.30.14 | Sarah Harnisch

As the clock for getting an on-time budget gets closer to running out of time, people around the Capitol began to suggest over the weekend that Gov. Tom Corbett has resigned himself to just getting a budget done without it having pension reform or liquor privatization in tow. When asked about the governor's level of enthusiasm for accepting a budget-only scenario, his communications director Lynn Lawson offered no direct response. Previously, Corbett said pension reform and liquor privatization were must-do items for him to consider any tax increase or new taxes. But in the ensuing hours, top-level House and Senate staffers, who asked to remain anonymous since they are not authorized to speak for the caucus, said reality apparently has set in for him.

Many lawmakers believe the budget can get done on time. Republican House members have finished their draft, the Senate will spend the day looking it over and deciding if they need to make changes, or can take it as-is.