PA Legislative Leaders Working On No Tax Hike BudgetMajority Republican leaders in the state legislature now say new taxes are no longer part of the discussion.
Gov. Corbett On Budget, Other Talks: We're Working On ItGov. 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.
Governor Corbett Puts Pension Reform On Priority List“If we don’t start addressing pensions right now, in 2016-17, $4.3 billion of the budget goes to pension. What does that do to funding everywhere else that we need to have the funding?” Corbett said.
Pennsylvania Tax Collections Come In Lower Than Expected“It is an indication that people aren’t spending money. The economy, again, is in a fragile state. The indicators do not indicate any level of strong growth.”
Budget Debate In HarrisburgHouse Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, says the final version of the budget – negotiated by legislative leaders and the governor -- is not very different from the version okayed by the Senate a few weeks ago.
NJ Lawmakers Freeze State Official Wages By Ditching Salary Review CommissionThere was a rush in Trenton yesterday to make sure no New Jersey state official gets a pay raise anytime soon by, in effect, putting the panel that approves the increases out of business.
A Modest Tuition Increase For Students At Rutgers UniversityTuition is going up, again, for 56,000 students of Rutgers University in New Jersey, but not by as much as it could have.
Another College Teachers’ Union Takes Up Call For Pay FreezeThe union representing faculty at West Chester, Cheyney and twelve other state-owned Pennsylvania universities is offering to negotiate a one-year pay freeze.
Pennsylvania's 4 State-Related Universities Could Face Serious Budget CutsDuring a state Senate Appropriations hearing this past week, the heads of the four state-related universities – Temple, Lincoln, Pitt and Penn State – said that the governor’s proposal to cut their funding by more than half would affect more than just tuition.
NJ's Snow Fund Is Dried UpNew Jersey’s fiscal crunch will not, apparently, affect the state’s ability to tackle winter storms, even though all available money for snow removal this year has already been spent.
Pa. Community Colleges Warn Against Funding CutsThe fourteen community colleges in Pennsylvania are worried about state budget cuts that could make it harder for people who can’t afford a private education to attend a two-year institution.