The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a federal budget plan, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s tax cut/tax reform initiative, which is expected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt. On the upside, the tax cuts will be the largest in the history of the entire civilized world, or so we have been told. It remains to be seen how quickly GOP Congressional leaders can pass such a plan while simultaneously being insulted by a President of their own party.
The country will likely spend most of this weekend going through the JFK files, which were released to the public for the first time on Thursday. One can only hope that the release does not spawn another dreadful, six-hour Oliver Stone movie.
As is the norm around here, when the General Assembly finally sets its collective mind to a task, it can often move with startling alacrity. Such was the case this week as the House and Senate traded votes on a flurry of budget-related bills, essentially closing out the budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. It may be a day late and a few dollars short (depending on who you ask) but it is mercifully over. Here are the highlights, courtesy of our pals at Pennlive.
The last vote of the budget season was the toughest, as the state House finished up two days of debate on a major expansion of gambling by passing the bill Thursday morning. Pennsylvania will now become the fourth state in the country to legalize internet gaming (yeah, maybe a little Shameless Client Plug for our friends at the Poker Players Alliance and the Stars Group!)