This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania budget hearings for the governor’s most recent spending proposal have drawn to a close, but not without an unusual bit of advice from a House lawmaker.
Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Philadelphia, said it’s time for legislative leaders and the governor’s office to bring in some outside help to end the budget impasse: a third-party mediator.
"I am calling for mediation," said DeLissio, testifying to the final, sparsely attended budget hearing by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday. "I am concerned that things have been said that cannot be unsaid."
Without mediation, DeLisso said, she expects the next round of budget talks to be a "rinse and repeat of the past eight months," when Republicans and Democrats hardened their stances on taxes and spending, and tentative compromise after tentative compromise collapsed.