For a change, optimism in state capitol for budget season

'There's no reason ... we can’t close within the June timeline.'

Tony Romeo
June 03, 2018 - 10:00 pm

Tony Romeo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Monday as the annual budget season enters the home stretch, headed for an end-of-the-month deadline. This year, there are high hopes that deadline will actually be met. 

In late March, Pat Browne — the Senate appropriations chairman — told the Main Line Chamber of Commerce he believed the budget could get done on time or even a bit early. 

Two months later — with state revenues running slightly above projections, in stark contrast to recent years — Browne’s optimism remains.

“There’s really no reason given our current financial circumstances that we can’t close within the June timeline,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jenn Kocher, spokeswoman for Senate majority Republicans, says school safety will be a legislative priority in the weeks before scheduled summer recess.

“And looking at a holistic approach there that would include looking at maybe some additional dollars to provide to schools,” she said.

A spokesman for the House majority leader says school safety will also be a priority in that chamber.