The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

December 10, 2009

Governor warns of more layoffs as state revenues lag

HARRISBURG — Deteriorating state tax collections may mean more program cuts and layoffs in state government, regardless of whether the Legislature authorizes an expansion of legalized casino gambling to raise more revenue, Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday.

The House of Representatives was scheduled Thursday to debate a measure to legalize table games at the state’s slot-machine casinos.

Democratic leaders adjourned an unusually long Wednesday night session after they were unable to plow through Republican opposition to reach a preliminary vote. The legislation would still require a final House vote and Senate approval before it could become law.

Legalizing casino table games is a key piece of October’s state budget agreement that resolved a multibillion-dollar, recession-driven shortfall.

However, tax collections have continued to fall short of the state’s lowered revenue expectations and the House and Senate have struggled since then to agree on the details of an actual gambling bill.

“I never thought that we wouldn’t have a table games bill to my desk for a signature by” now, Rendell told reporters at a news conference. “When we did the budget deal I never would have thought that and now I’m beginning to question whether we’re going to get a table games bill any time during this fiscal year.”

A table games bill was supposed to deliver about $320 million to the state treasury over the next two years.

To ensure that the state’s spending does not outgrow its projected revenues beyond this year, Rendell and House Democrats are holding up about $675 million in discretionary money for Penn State, Temple and Pitt until a table games bill passes.

The holdup in subsidies has prompted the three universities to threaten second-semester tuition increases for more than 150,000 students, while Republicans insist that the state’s existing revenues can support the extra spending.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • WilliamsA ‘I thought I was going to die’

    Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • JFD traing Firefighters practice river rescues

    Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 22, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 22, 2014

  • sewer meeting map Sewer work will tie up traffic

    Brace yourselves.
    This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • USS Somerset USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport

    The USS Somerset is home.
    The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jablonski, Stephen Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat

    A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vizza, Peter Vizza voted deputy mayor

    The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities

    A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sculptor’s work to be raffled off

    The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.

    April 23, 2014

  • Katie and Gary Lamer Birthday remembrance bash provides aid to region

    It’s been four years since Johnstown resident Gary Lamer died of complications from pneumonia, but his memory lives on through an annual party that gives back in a big way.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads