2020-2021 budget talks resume with ‘a lot of unknowns’ Wolf says

BY: - May 26, 2020

In a joint news briefing with state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the General Assembly and the Governor’s office are working on a 5-month, temporary budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to account for uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Who is responsible for Pa.’s supplemental appropriations? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - February 29, 2020

The Wolf administration will ask for additional $588 million this budget season to cover expenditures from the 2019-2020 budget year.

In Philly, library advocates demand $19.3M in new funding ahead of budget negotiations

BY: - February 25, 2020

On Monday, the nonprofit volunteer group Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia unveiled a six-point plan that calls for Kenney and City Council to boost the library’s current $49 million budget to pay for staffing ($12 million), infrastructure upgrades ($5 million each year for the next five years), training, resources, and extending six-day service throughout the year.

‘Shame on us’ Labor & Industry secretary says of Pa.’s stalled minimum wage

BY: - February 20, 2020

The two Wolf administration officials made the case for a wage hike during the agency’s annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. They told the Repulican-controlled panel that the Legislature’s lack of movement on the issue has been “frustrating.”

Democrats satisfied with Wolf budget request

BY: - February 4, 2020

After a budget address that included a laundry list of liberal priorities — from gun control and charter school reforms to LGBT non-discrimination and more money for human services programs, Democratic lawmakers stood by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday. 

In his 6th budget, Wolf mixes old plans with new pitches for college grants, universal kindergarten

BY: and - February 4, 2020

Now, in his sixth budget address, Wolf doubled down on his self-proclaimed title as the “education governor” by pushing progressive policies for learners from cradle to college, as well as cash infusions for gun violence reduction initiatives and workforce development programs. 

Five Big Takeaways from Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget address

BY: - February 4, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf had a few surprises in his more than $36 billion budget proposal announced Tuesday at the Capital for the fiscal year beginning July 1. 


Philly lawmaker wants Pa. to pay reparations to the wrongly convicted | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 3, 2020

The bill is a "is a critical step toward restoring the lives of the wrongfully convicted as best we can," sponsor says.

State budget agency projects billion-dollar plus deficits in early 2020’s — and that’s without a recession

BY: - November 15, 2019

Better get used to budget fights. Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog agency is predicting deficits in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually over the next five years — some topping a billion dollars in the early 2020’s. The Independent Fiscal Office, a state agency tasked with analyzing economic and budgetary data for the General Assembly, predicted […]

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians

BY: - June 25, 2019

A state Senate Committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for disabled Pennsylvanians.

Without minimum wage, cash assistance, $34 billion budget falls flat with some House Democrats

BY: - June 24, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $33.997 billion budget Monday, the opening salvo in the week before the June 30 deadline to secure a new fiscal blueprint for next year.

Cracking the Code: These budget bills are where the deals get made

BY: - June 19, 2019

The bills are a package of budget-enabling legislation that effectively serves as the instruction manual for spending the money in the state’s General Fund budget.