The big news that EVERYONE has been waiting for was the introduction of the House Republican-sponsored 2013-14 fiscal year budget. Nah, not really. Everybody, including bill sponsor/Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph, pretty much distanced themselves from it, acknowledging that it’s little more than a conversation starter. It’s about $100 mil lighter than Governor Corbett’s $28.4 billion proposal offered up in February.
The real drama in coming weeks will be the horse trading between the budget, liquor privatization, transportation funding and – for those of you keeping score at home – pension reform. Then there’s a host of lower-profile issues that may or may not be part of the mix. Ah, nothing like June in the ‘Burg.
Speaking of transportation funding, a national transportation research group tromped through the state to let people know how much money they’re currently wasting, due to poor road conditions, on maintenance expenses, crashes and congestion. According to a report compiled by a group known as TRIP, the annual costs range from $1,320 for residents of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to $1,798 for those in Philly.