State Budget Soup: How does PRS Fit?
Michael Borofsky, MD, PRS Advocacy Chair
Deborah Ann Shoemaker, PRS lobbyist
We are almost halfway through the first year of this new legislative session. The Pennsylvania state legislature now begins the budget negotiation process.
An overview of the budget process:
1) House/Senate leaders ask respective committee chairs for “wish list” items detailed within Governor Shapiro’s proposed budget they are willing to advocate for as the budget package moves ahead.
2) House/Senate leadership review “wish list” with respective party caucus members to finalize their budget negotiation list;
3) House/Senate Republican/Democratic leaders discuss areas of common ground.
4) Each chamber goes through the normal legislative process. The passed state budget package goes to the other chamber for review/negotiation/passage.
5) After House/Senate concurrence, the budget package is sent to the governor for action.
Why detail the state budget process? PRS’ top grassroots advocacy goal is to equip our membership with pertinent information to maximize the effectiveness of grassroots campaigns. Understanding the state budget process assists in understanding legislators- their priorities, focus areas, strengths, weaknesses and their willingness to fall on their swords for important issues. Reviewing voting records and campaign finance reports assists us in preparing our grassroots strategy.
The state legislature will return in the fall with new legislative priorities. We hope our issues fit into that mix.
Find the most recent legislative tracking list, and ACR and CSRO updates here: PRS Advocacy
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