Without funding for five months

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 30, 2015

I was on the road about 12 hours today, so I haven’t heard any deer stories. Hope my hunting friends got their buck early, and everyone else got a great cyber Monday deal. We received word this afternoon that the bill drafting is going slower than projected, so we’re not going back on Wednesday. Hopefully Thursday, but no guarantees. The House is going in tomorrow. There is a lot of coordination needed between the two chambers for the passing of the budget. Instead of starting legislation from scratch, bills, identified as “vehicles,” are amended to include the budget language then finish going through the process, which saves days of time. After the budget is passed, we have assurances from the Wolf administration that they are ready to start processing payments to everyone who is owed money. This processing could normally take weeks or months, but should be done in days to accommodate the people who have gone without funding for five months.


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