State funding for Pa. public broadcasting eliminated in new budget
It’s hard to say why the cuts were made and who made them. Legislative Republicans say it matched a request from Wolf., An administration spokesperson claimed Republicans did not agree to the funding.
Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list
Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]
Saylor to schools: Offer in-person classes or forfeit state funding
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, said he expected the in-person learning requirement would apply to school districts, technical schools, community colleges and public universities.
Saylor to DEP: What assurance do you have Pa. citizens ‘aren’t going to die like they did in Texas?’
A top Pennsylvania Republican repeated a narrative without expert backing about Texas’ power failures during a budget hearing with state environmental regulators on Monday. While asking questions of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, pressed on Pennsylvania’s preparedness for extreme winter weather, such as the record lows […]
What dueling press releases say about the utter predictability of the budget ballet | Thursday Morning Coffee
How common ground is becoming ever more scarce.
Wolf calls for income tax increase to close looming state deficit, fund education
Speaking to House and Senate lawmakers from a virtual bully pulpit, Wolf extorted viewers who agreed with his aims — additional school funding, a $15 minimum wage, and legal recreational cannabis — to call their state representatives and demand action on his proposal.
Wolf broke the fourth wall with his budget speech. Will Pa. tune in? | John L. Micek
A very different time demanded a very different kind of budget address. We got that much. We'll see what happens next.
It’s Budget Week (again). Here’s what you need to know | Monday Morning Coffee
Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have until Nov. 30 to get a budget deal to finish the 2020-21 fiscal year. Can it be done?
House Repubs set to hold leadership elections today. Who will move up? | Monday Morning Coffee
The Speaker recognizes the gentleman from ... wherever ...
Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus
The plan, passed unanimously Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $632 million for nursing homes; $625 million for county block grants; $259 million to boost funding for intellectual disability care, and $225 million for small business grants.
Pa. faces $2B budget deficit as COVID-19 delays taxes, throttles business
Two months out from the deadline to pass a new state budget, Pennsylvania now faces a $2.2 billion deficit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pa. tax revenues were down in March, as officials brace for bigger future hit from COVID-19
The shortfall, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a statement, was only partially related to the coronavirus pandemic.