WAYNESBORO, Paa. -- As Pennsylvania enters its sixth week without a budget, state Sen. Richard Alloway is preparing to co-sponsor legislation that would establish more deadlines and penalties for passing a spending plan.
The proposal would create deadlines for revenue to be reported to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It also would establish deadlines for each chamber to pass a balanced budget.
Penalties, including forfeiture of pay, are included in the legislation penned by state Sen. Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster. Both the legislative and executive branches would be affected.
"The monthlong budget impasse has demonstrated the flaws in the current system," Alloway said.
The legislation has not yet been introduced.
Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said he's often asked what penalty exists for missing the June 30 deadline.
"There is none. The only penalty is voters will be upset," he said.
Legislators have been missing paychecks along with state workers, who could get back pay within a week thanks to decisions made Tuesday.