The Senate Appropriations Committee voted on a pensions bill on Sunday night that establishes a 401k-style pension plan for new state, military and public school employees and two hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plan options. The bill passed the House 143-53 on Thursday morning. The budget is also contingent on new gambling revenue being approved, a bill expanding gambling in Pennsylvania passed the House this week with a new provision permitting video gaming terminals in liquor-licensed establishments. That bill goes to the Senate for approval of House amendments. There are just over three weeks until the June 30 budget deadline, but there is no bill consolidating four health-related agencies. Also, votes this year are precursors for next year's gubernatorial election. This week's guests are John Micek, Editorial & Opinions Page Editor with PennLive and The Patriot-News; and Chris Comisac, Bureau Chief with Capitolwire.com. Our host is Francine Schertzer.
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