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.”
Mayor Nutter is voicing alarm at certain aspects of the budget unveiled by Governor Corbett on Monday. He’s warning of a rough ride for mental health programs, libraries and homeless centers.
The 30 members, headed by Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Rob Wondering, will include university presidents affected by the cutbacks.
Gov. Corbett is proposing 30-percent cuts in state funding for three state-related universities — Temple, Penn State, and Pitt — and 20-percent cuts for state-owned universities.
The top Republican in the state Senate says he’s braced for another painful budget process as Governor Corbett outlines his spending proposals during a speech before a joint session of the legislature today.
Numerous polls show that Americans, with the steepest income gap of any developed country, are concerned about the growing trend but are divided over what to do about it.
Pennsylvania’s budget secretary says some state spending will have to be frozen to compensate for revenue collections that continue to lag below projections.
The turmoil in financial markets could quickly filter down to the budgets of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, with officials at both levels facing difficult decisions.
Governor Corbett has endured withering criticism from the opposition party over cuts in the new budget, but one former Democratic governor has nothing but praise for the Republican currently in office.
Governor Corbett says the likely loss of federal dollars as a result of the debt ceiling deal in Washington is a good example of why he didn’t want to spend the surplus from last year’s budget.
For the first time in nine years, Pennsylvania has a finished budget in place as the new fiscal year dawns. But it went right down to the wire last night.