Pennsylvania Budget

(Pennsylvania revenue secretary Dan Meuser testifies before the State Senate Finance Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lottery Asking For Approval To Roll Out Keno Terminals Statewide

The state revenue secretary says the Pennsylvania Lottery could begin rolling out a keno game by the end of this year if a consensus can be reached.

01/29/2014

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Wholesale Gasoline Tax in Pa. Goes Up By 9.5¢/Gal.

The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.

01/01/2014

(Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby briefs reporters on the state's fiscal condition.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Budget Secretary Sees Billion-Dollar Budget Gap Looming Next Year

Charles Zogby says one big area of growth is teacher and state employee pension increases of more than $600 million. And he says Gov. Corbett is still hopeful for pension reform.

12/18/2013

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Pa. Legislators Extend Talks Over Transportation Funding Bill

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House now says a vote on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit won’t happen until next month at the earliest.

10/22/2013

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Pa. Legislature Leaves Philadelphia School Bailout Funds Hanging in Limbo

Final work on the Pennsylvania budget will go into a second week of overtime, and maybe beyond, as the result of differences between the state House and Senate over one of the “companion” bills that make up the state budget package.

07/04/2013

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SEPTA Biding Its Time For State Funding as Pa. Rushes New Budget Into Law

A SEPTA spokeswoman says the transit agency wasn’t expecting the state legislature to approve transportation funding before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th.

07/01/2013

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Gov. Corbett On Budget, Other Talks: We’re Working On It

Gov. Tom Corbett shuttled between the offices of legislative leaders on the final afternoon of the state budget year Sunday with the fate of his ambitious budget-season agenda hanging in the balance.

06/30/2013

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Republicans May Give Corbett Little of What He Wants For Transportation Funding

It appears that the majority Republicans in the Pennsylvania are poised to gut a transportation funding bill passed by the state senate earlier this year.

06/24/2013

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Pa. Governor Corbett To Unveil Budget Today

Governor Corbett today will also roll out his plan to address the rising costs of state and school employee pensions. And he’s expected to propose lifting the cap on gasoline taxes at the wholesale level when he outlines a long-awaited proposal to raise new money for transportation projects.

02/05/2013

(Gov. Corbett is flanked by Pennsylvania higher education officials and others for his announcement.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Says Pa. State-Run Colleges Will Get Same Funding As Last Year

Corbett says funding for the state-related universities -– Temple, Pitt, Lincoln, and Penn State -– as well as the 14 state-owned universities will remain the same in his budget proposal.

02/01/2013

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby (credit: Tony Romeo)

Current Employee Benefits Likely To Be Targeted In Pa. Pension Reform Proposal

Governor Corbett is likely to propose changes to future pension benefits for current workers when he rolls out his plan to reduce the spiking cost of pensions for school and state employees.

01/29/2013

(Pennsylvania DPW secretary Gary Alexander listens as Gov. Corbett talks about his next budget.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Corbett Says His Next Budget Will Include More Money For Disabled Pennsylvanians

Now midway into his first term, Gov. Corbett says there are “many causes crying out for funding.”

01/23/2013

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Pennsylvania Official: 2013-14 Budget Will Be Toughest Yet

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.

12/06/2012

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Advocates For Poor Say Pa. Assistance Cuts Will Hit Philadelphia Hardest

The cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.

07/13/2012

Work on a natural gas drill in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Getty Images)

Ban On Drilling In Bucks, Montgomery Counties Stirs Controversy

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.

07/03/2012

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