In his mid-year briefing, Pennsylvania’s budget secretary says the outlook for the rest of the fiscal year is status quo but that the budget for the new fiscal year may be the toughest one yet.
The cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.
Legislation imposing a moratorium on gas and oil drilling in Bucks and Montgomery Counties was included in budget legislation approved over the weekend, touching off a firestorm of controversy.
Work on the budget is not likely to be completed until Saturday.
Auditor General Jack Wagner says Pennsylvania charter schools are spending a million dollars a day more than necessary.
A local program that aids fathers who had done prison time readjust to society is being phased out, because state funding has been cut off.
Corbett told a gathering of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania that he believes the revenue picture has improved enough that the state can spend more than he originally proposed in February.
A new budget is definitely on the agenda, while House action on legislation to privatize liquor sales is a possibility.
With the state’s revenue picture improving, the Senate is expected to approve a budget plan that would restore the governor’s proposed cuts for state-owned universities and three state-related schools, Temple, Pitt and Penn State in exchange for a pledge from the heads of those schools to keep tuition hikes at or below the rate of inflation.
“The amount of moving around of dollars that we can do is minimal,” said Arthur Evans, the city’s commissioner of Behavioral Health, “but we will do the best that we can to try to mitigate those kinds of catastrophic cuts.”
After a three week primary election break, Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the state capitol today to begin the busiest stretch of the year: the run-up to the June 30th budget deadline and summer recess.
At issue at the Philadelphia City Council hearing was the governor’s plan to consolidate social service funding into “block grants” while shrinking the level of funding by about 20 percent.
“One day — I’m not sure how — I ran. I packed only the clothes my children and I had, and left,” said one former victim.
Mayor Nutter says it is too soon to say whether massive cuts in Governor Corbett’s proposed state budget will force the city to raise taxes to make up the shortfall.
Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”