Monday, June 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Budget is Moving Forward, But...

Over the weekend, Pennsylvania legislators remained in session so they could work on the state budget, which is due June 30. The current budget vehicle has passed the House and is now in the Senate. That being said, Governor Wolf is prepared to veto the budget if it arrives on his desk in its current form, which would send negotiations into overtime.

The proposed budget presents a sharp contrast to the Governor's budget, which relies on new revenue including a gas severance tax, an increased personal income tax and increased sales tax. The budget making its way through the Senate, by contrast, shows new revenue from privatizing state wine and liquor businesses and by moving some payments into FY17.

Below are some of the line-items in the budget and how they compare between the Governor's and Legislature's proposals. You can learn more at http://pennbpc.org and http://www.pennlive.com/pennsylvania-budget. You can also see factsheets comparing the budgets by district at https://pennbpc.org/RepublicanBudget1516.

Please look over these budgets and take a moment to call your legislators and let them know what you think!


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