2017-18 State Budget


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Senator Farnese Applauds Passage of Gaming Legislation, Economic Development Funding for Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA – October 26, 2017 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) voted for the omnibus gaming bill that is on its way to the Governor. The bill, House Bill 271, is an important piece of the budget and included the fix to the local share assessment. The local share assessment drafted by Farnese includes a $10 million fee in Philadelphia for each operating casino within the City. This money would be allocated to the School ...
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Hughes: Legislation Addresses ‘Stop-and-Go’ Liquor, Fixes City AVI

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement on the passage of legislation that addresses problematic “stop and go” liquor businesses. The measure also establishes a fix for the city’s Actual Value Initiative (AVI) calculation which impacts future state funding for city schools. The provisions were included in the state’s Fiscal Code (House Bill 674), a piece of the 2017-18 state budget package. “This bill allows the Pennsylvania Liquor ...
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Leach Joins Overwhelming Bipartisan Senate Majority in Rejecting PA House GOP Revenue Plan

HARRISBURG, September 20, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today voted to non-concur on the Pennsylvania House of Representative’s revenue plan and create a conference committee to write a plan that can be supported by both chambers. The final vote on non-concurrence was 43-7. Leach’s statement: “Today an overwhelming bipartisan Senate majority rejected the House’s revenue plan because it relies on raids of state funds that are either illegal, unsustainable, or non-existent. There are ...
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Costa Statement on Credit Rating Downgrade

Harrisburg – September 20, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement today concerning the downgrade of Pennsylvania’s credit rating by S & P Global Ratings due to failure to adopt a revenue plan with sufficient recurring revenues to balance the state’s budget. Instead, House Republicans voted to approved a plan that included $630 million in special fund transfers, which resulted directly in this credit downgrade. Costa’s statement follows: “S & ...
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Sen. Hughes Comments on Senate Passage of State Budget Revenue Package

HARRISBURG, July 28, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a package of revenue bills needed to fund the 2017-18 state budget. “This revenue package, though imperfect, represents a bipartisan compromise among four of the five key players in budget negotiations — the Senate Democrats and Republicans, House Democrats and the governor,” said Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. It’s not what Senate ...
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Tartaglione Says Revenue Package that includes AVI Fix Helps Philadelphia, Provides Fiscal Stability

School Code Changes Will Hurt Teachers Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today that the bipartisan revenue package adopted by the state Senate would fix the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) for Philadelphia and is a vast improvement, but new provisions impacting collective bargaining rights for teachers is an affront to labor unions that would cause irreparable harm. These elements were part of a broad range of legislation considered ...
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Senate Includes Fontana’s Water Line Replacement Language in Revenue Package

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – The state Senate today approved a budget revenue package that includes state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s legislation that would allow local governments to tap various government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs. “I am pleased that the Senate amended my proposal into the state Fiscal Code bill,” Fontana said. “Hopefully, this will streamline the path to the governor for enactment. “My proposal gives communities ...
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Lawmakers Highlight Need to End Budget Impasse, Fund State-Related Universities 

PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2017  — As Pennsylvania prepares to enter a fourth week without a state budget revenue package, a budget bill that funds the five state-related universities has become embroiled in the state budget funding standoff. State lawmakers today gathered at Temple University to highlight this aspect of the budget impasse and to urge the General Assembly to finalize the state budget in order to fund the state-related universities — Temple University, Lincoln University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine ...
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Costa, Dermody: House Republicans Using Universities as Budget Pawns

Harrisburg – July 19, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House Republican leadership’s continuing refusal to call the House into session to work toward closure on the 2017-18 budget: “The House last met over a week ago without completing the work on revenue needed to finalize the state budget. Republican Speaker Mike Turzai has not advised lawmakers of when the ...
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Hughes: ‘Austere’ Budget Takes Steps to Move PA Forward

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate today approved a $31.99 billion state budget plan that, although austere, will move Pennsylvania forward, according to state Sen. Vincent Hughes, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This budget is the result of a concerted effort to move Pennsylvania forward thoughtfully and responsibly,” said Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “Given today’s economic and political environment, we decided to work together to get something positive done.” Hughes said the ...
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Boscola Pleased with Streamlined State Budget

Harrisburg, February 7, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.3 billion state budget proposal for fiscal 2017-18: “This budget proposal is a workable solution to the state’s financial challenges. “I share the governor’s interest in cutting and consolidating government services by $2.1 billion to avoid raising taxes. Cutting, consolidating and modernizing state government will not only enable us to close the budget deficit, ...
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Brewster: Proposed State Budget is a Blueprint for Change

Plan calls for $2 billion in cuts, additional investment in education Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) released the following statement concerning Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18: “The proposed $32.3 billion General Fund budget cuts more than $2 billion in expenses, calls for spending slightly more than 1 percent over last year and deals with a looming $3 billion deficit without a broad-based income tax hike ...
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Job Training, Minimum Wage Boost, Education Key Parts of Budget Proposal, Tartaglione says

Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – Senate Democratic Labor and Industry chair Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) offered comments about the proposed $32.3 billion 2017-18 Fiscal Year budget that Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled today before a joint session of the General Assembly. The plan increases spending slightly over last year, but cuts $2 billion in costs. It would close the $3 billion budget deficit with efficiencies and government reform, but without new broad-based taxes. Tartaglione ...
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Wolf’s 2017-18 Budget Ushers in Reinvention of Government

Plan increases education funding, cuts billions in expenses, no broad-based tax increase Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017-18 that calls for an increase in education funding, cuts of $2 billion in government expenses and no broad-based tax increase, state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today. “The governor offered a responsible spending plan and a blueprint for reinventing government,” Costa said. “The approach ...
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Senator Haywood Comments on Governor’s Budget Address

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 — State Sen. Art Haywood issued the following statement today on the governor’s budget address for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year: "Following Governor Wolf’s address this morning on the Pennsylvania budget, I fully support increasing the efficiency and savings in the operation of government. At the same time, even with $2 billion in savings, $1 billion in new revenue is included in the budget. Our historic revenue shortfall and impending deficit necessitates the ...
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Hughes: Governor’s Budget Plan Invests in Jobs, Working Families

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) who serves as Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget invests in jobs and working families and is a good fiscal blueprint to begin budget deliberations. The $32.3 billion budget plan eliminates a $3 billion deficit while making $2 billion in budget cuts and a 1.8 percent increase in spending, all without a broad-based tax increase. “The governor ...
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on Governor Wolf Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 7, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017-2018 Budget Address today: “Pennsylvania must grapple with a structural deficit that is $3 billion and Governor Wolf has proposed a budget that comprehends the governing reality that Republicans overwhelmingly control the legislature. The governor’s budget proposal begins the conversation. Governor Wolf has not called for broad based taxes and state spending will only increase 1.8% compared with ...
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Blake: Budget Streamlines Government, Invests in Education, Economic Development

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s proposed $32.3 billion state budget: “Governor Wolf, since the start of his administration, has been demanding efficiency, better performance and savings in the operations of state government. That work certainly has paid some dividends and it will continue to drive, perhaps more than anything else, this year’s budget process.” “The Governor’s proposed 2017-18 has a number of ...
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Sen. Street Comments on Governor’s Budget Address

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 — State Sen. Sharif Street issued the following statement today on the governor’s budget address for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year: “Pennsylvania is faced with difficult decisions this year as the General Assembly prepares to address the state budget that includes a massive deficit. Governor Wolf has proposed a state budget that is fiscally prudent and still makes investments without proposing a broad-based tax increase. It is not an easy feat and ...
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Sen. Fontana Pleased with Governor’s Budget Investment Priorities

Harrisburg, February 7, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 state budget proposal: “This is a lean budget for lean times. “In the face of a daunting deficit, the governor’s proposal would invest scarce revenues wisely while stressing spending cuts and service consolidation over tax hikes. “While this frugal approach would help meet the state’s financial challenges head on, I am pleased ...
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