Blake Calls on Majority to Remain in Session and Finalize Overdue State Budget

SCRANTON, October 23, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today called on Republican leadership to keep the Senate in session until a state budget is signed by Governor Tom Wolf.

“I must make a strong appeal and an ardent request to my friends and colleagues in Senate Republican leadership not to recess the Senate until a state budget has been approved by votes in both chambers of the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Wolf,” Blake said. “The state budget impasse is moving toward 120 days. Majority leadership recessed the Senate and sent us home this summer and they have called us back into session on only 14 days since the impasse began on July 1.

Senate Majority leadership recently published the schedule of upcoming session days. The Senate is scheduled to be in session on October 26, 27 and 28 and will then recess to the call of the chair until November 16.

“The significant fiscal distress currently being imposed on our schools, on our human service providers and even on our for-profit small business community which provides essential services to persons with disabilities, warrants that we remain in session and conclude the legislative process that will constitute an approved, balanced state budget,” Blake added. “We need to remain at the negotiating table and do the job that all citizens of Pennsylvania elected us and sent us to Harrisburg to do: balance and approve the state budget.”

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that a balanced state budget be approved and signed into law by June 30 of each year.

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