House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans Monday unveiled a budget plan they intend to send to the Senate this week with a final spending number ringing in at $31.52 billion, a number more than $800 million below what Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in February and just under $250 million shy of the current year’s spend number.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

As part of his $32.3 billion spending plan for FY 2017-2018, Gov. Tom Wolf is counting on nearly $294 million from a 6.5 severance tax on natural gas extracts, less an impact fee credit.

 

What will it look like and how is it being received?

Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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IFO revises revenue estimates down

IFO revises revenue estimates down

The Independent Fiscal Office Wednesday released a revised revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, prognosticating that the General Fund will end up with a with $250 million less than they anticipated in their last revenue estimate in November.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Making his bi-weekly appearance on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, Gov. Tom Wolf defended the process being used to vet the closure of two state correctional institutions.

 

“In the past, as I understand, what would happen is the Secretary of Corrections would say ‘We are going to open this prison or close that prison,’ and boom, that was it,” he said. “This time, I thought in the interest of transparency, say we need to close two prisons and here are five we’ve narrowed the list down to the prime candidates and we’re going to make a decision about that by January 26th.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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