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State funding for Pa. public broadcasting eliminated in new budget

BY: - July 9, 2021

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

BY: - June 21, 2021

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

BY: - March 24, 2021

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?’

BY: - February 22, 2021

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 […]

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What dueling press releases say about the utter predictability of the budget ballet | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 4, 2021

How common ground is becoming ever more scarce.

Wolf calls for income tax increase to close looming state deficit, fund education

BY: and - February 3, 2021

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.

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Wolf broke the fourth wall with his budget speech. Will Pa. tune in? | John L. Micek

BY: - February 3, 2021

A very different time demanded a very different kind of budget address. We got that much. We'll see what happens next.

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It’s Budget Week (again). Here’s what you need to know | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 16, 2020

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?

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House Repubs set to hold leadership elections today. Who will move up? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 22, 2020

The Speaker recognizes the gentleman from ... wherever ...

Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus

BY: and - May 28, 2020

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

BY: - May 1, 2020

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 

BY: - April 1, 2020

The shortfall, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a statement, was only partially related to the coronavirus pandemic.