As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday was joined by education and law enforcement officials to stress the importance of providing a large increase in pre-K and early childhood education funding similar to what he offered in his proposed budget.

 

In February, the governor included as part of his $32.3 billion budget proposal a $75 million increase in early childhood education spending that includes pre-K programs and the Head Start program.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Speaker Turzai voices opposition to Wolf’s proposed tax on computer and technology services

Speaker Turzai voices opposition to Wolf’s proposed tax on computer and technology services

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) this week voiced his opposition to the currently proposed closure of a purported sales and use tax loophole that allows certain computer and technology services to avoid charging the Pennsylvania sales tax.

 

According to the balance sheet accompanying the governor’s proposed budget, the governor proposed closing this “special interest tax loophole” to generate about $330.3 million in the coming fiscal year.

Thursday, May 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

The first week of May saw worse news after bad for Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections that could potentially lead to a larger-than-anticipated budget deficit for the coming fiscal year.

 

Monday, the state Department of Revenue reported fiscal-year-to-date revenues are currently $1.2 billion behind estimate after April’s collections were released and the Independent Fiscal Office on Tuesday signaled weak economic growth in Pennsylvania, coupled with a potential shift in the realization of income into next year, has caused a downward revision in their revenue estimates for the current and coming fiscal years.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald came out Monday in support of a proposed state-level move to consolidate four human-services related state agencies.

 

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed consolidating the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into one Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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