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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 30, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It happened with only hours to spare Wednesday, but the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget before deadline for the first time in years. Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat whose second and final term ends this year, said he would not sign the $28 billion spending plan until companion legislation was approved. The governor was awaiting a measure to authorize borrowing for capital projects as well as the fiscal code, which specifies how the money is to be spent.
NEWS
April 7, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to pass a capital budget bill that includes an amendment that strikes a $550,000 grant to fund repairs to the dam at Devil's Backbone Park. The bill passed, 108-33. Dels. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Washington/Frederick; Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington; and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, voted against the bill. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, voted for it. Some local lawmakers had speculated an amendment restoring the funding would be offered Wednesday on the House floor, but no such amendment was offered.
NEWS
BY LAURA ERNDE | March 10, 2004
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - After failing twice under a Democratic administration, a measure to weaken the governor's budget power won tentative approval from the Maryland Senate on Tuesday. If approved by the House of Delegates, the issue will go on the ballot in November for voters to decide whether it should become a constitutional amendment. Maryland's governor has more power than any other governor in the country when it comes to the budget. Under a system in place since 1916, the governor writes the budget and the Maryland General Assembly can only make cuts.
NEWS
December 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is sending President Barack Obama a critical budget bill that combines money for the Pentagon with additional help for the jobless. Senators meeting Saturday in the midst of a snow storm are taking care of unfinished business as the legislative calendar runs out for 2009. The 88-10 vote means the Senate can return to the acrimonious debate on health care. Democrats hope to pass that bill before Christmas. The $626 billion defense bill contains $128 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a 3.4 percent pay raise for the military.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A belt-tightening $28 billion budget bill passed the state Senate by a comfortable margin and was sent the House, where leaders hoped to get an on-time budget to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk before midnight. The 37-to-13 vote on Wednesday followed less than an hour of debate in which senators described it as a compromise product of difficult financial times. "It's important for us to reflect the recession we're in ... by having a budget that constrains spending," said Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman, R-Centre.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- A $550,000 grant to repair the dam at Devil's Backbone Park was restored to the state's capital budget bill Thursday evening during a conference committee meeting of five senators and five delegates. Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was a member of the conference committee. In a conference committee, representatives from the House of Delegates and state Senate work out differences between each chamber's version of a bill. In this case, the committee addressed the capital budget bill.
NEWS
August 4, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bill intended to pay Pennsylvania's state government workers is on its way to the governor's desk. The state House on Tuesday voted 195-to-3 to approve a budget bill that Rendell plans to pare down by using his line-item veto authority. Tens of thousands of workers are expected to collect the back pay that's built up since the start of July in about six days. Legislative negotiators and the governor continue to haggle over a 2009-10 spending plan.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | July 3, 2006
WAYNESBORO, PA. Gov. Ed Rendell has signed Pennsylvania's 2006-07 $26.1 billion budget that passed the legislature in the early hours Sunday with four area lawmakers voting against it. "It increases spending so much that I don't know how we're going to pay for things next year," said state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams. The budget, with at least a 5.8 percent increase in spending, does not include a tax increase, although state Reps. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, and Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, cautioned it could lead to one. "The bottom line is that this year's budget spending could lead to next year's tax hike," Fleagle said in a news release.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 10, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- During a rare Saturday session, the Maryland House of Delegates debated -- and finally approved -- the state's $13.2 billion operating budget. The 105-34 vote came after the presentation of the conference committee's report, which explained compromises some delegates reached with their counterparts in the Senate. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, was the only Washington County delegate to vote for the budget. Republicans, including two local lawmakers, reiterated their objections to the spending.
NEWS
By Thomas Voting Reports | December 24, 2007
WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll calls in the week ending Dec. 21. HOUSE New energy policies Voting 314 for and 100 against, the House on Dec. 18 sent President Bush a bill (HR 6) that would raise vehicle mileage requirements by 40 percent by 2020; boost residential and industrial energy-efficiency standards; phase out the incandescent light bulbs now used in most U.S. homes and increase production of ethanol and other biofuels sixfold by 2022.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
The state's Capital Budget bill cleared a crucial step in the House of Delegates on Wednesday when it passed a second reading, and tucked away in it was a provision setting aside $85,000 for the Antietam Fire Company in Hagerstown. The Capital Budget bill, however, did not include any money for the demolition of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant in Hagerstown. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, who had asked for the fire company money through a bond bill to fund renovations and repairs to the Antietam Fire Company's firehouse, said the money would help Hagerstown residents.
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OPINION
March 5, 2011
In the "lock 'em up and throw away the key" '90s, a few lone voices in the wilderness asked lawmakers to consider the long-range consequences of legislation that was ultimately designed more for positive re-election campaigns than positive policy effects. They didn't, of course. No one could see past the next election, so tough-on-crime initiatives such as "three strikes and you're out" and mandatory sentences, which took judging out of the hands of the judges, swept the nation. It got so weird that in California, prison guards formed an effective lobbying coalition to pressure the legislature to pass tougher sentences — thus guaranteeing not just their own employment, but the need for more corrections officers down the road.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A belt-tightening $28 billion budget bill passed the state Senate by a comfortable margin and was sent the House, where leaders hoped to get an on-time budget to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk before midnight. The 37-to-13 vote on Wednesday followed less than an hour of debate in which senators described it as a compromise product of difficult financial times. "It's important for us to reflect the recession we're in ... by having a budget that constrains spending," said Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman, R-Centre.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | June 30, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It happened with only hours to spare Wednesday, but the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget before deadline for the first time in years. Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat whose second and final term ends this year, said he would not sign the $28 billion spending plan until companion legislation was approved. The governor was awaiting a measure to authorize borrowing for capital projects as well as the fiscal code, which specifies how the money is to be spent.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 10, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- During a rare Saturday session, the Maryland House of Delegates debated -- and finally approved -- the state's $13.2 billion operating budget. The 105-34 vote came after the presentation of the conference committee's report, which explained compromises some delegates reached with their counterparts in the Senate. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, was the only Washington County delegate to vote for the budget. Republicans, including two local lawmakers, reiterated their objections to the spending.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- A $550,000 grant to repair the dam at Devil's Backbone Park was restored to the state's capital budget bill Thursday evening during a conference committee meeting of five senators and five delegates. Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was a member of the conference committee. In a conference committee, representatives from the House of Delegates and state Senate work out differences between each chamber's version of a bill. In this case, the committee addressed the capital budget bill.
NEWS
April 7, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to pass a capital budget bill that includes an amendment that strikes a $550,000 grant to fund repairs to the dam at Devil's Backbone Park. The bill passed, 108-33. Dels. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Washington/Frederick; Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington; and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, voted against the bill. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, voted for it. Some local lawmakers had speculated an amendment restoring the funding would be offered Wednesday on the House floor, but no such amendment was offered.
NEWS
December 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is sending President Barack Obama a critical budget bill that combines money for the Pentagon with additional help for the jobless. Senators meeting Saturday in the midst of a snow storm are taking care of unfinished business as the legislative calendar runs out for 2009. The 88-10 vote means the Senate can return to the acrimonious debate on health care. Democrats hope to pass that bill before Christmas. The $626 billion defense bill contains $128 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a 3.4 percent pay raise for the military.
NEWS
August 4, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bill intended to pay Pennsylvania's state government workers is on its way to the governor's desk. The state House on Tuesday voted 195-to-3 to approve a budget bill that Rendell plans to pare down by using his line-item veto authority. Tens of thousands of workers are expected to collect the back pay that's built up since the start of July in about six days. Legislative negotiators and the governor continue to haggle over a 2009-10 spending plan.
NEWS
By Thomas Voting Reports | December 24, 2007
WASHINGTON - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major roll calls in the week ending Dec. 21. HOUSE New energy policies Voting 314 for and 100 against, the House on Dec. 18 sent President Bush a bill (HR 6) that would raise vehicle mileage requirements by 40 percent by 2020; boost residential and industrial energy-efficiency standards; phase out the incandescent light bulbs now used in most U.S. homes and increase production of ethanol and other biofuels sixfold by 2022.
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