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?


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.

Could charging Pa. motorists for rush-hour driving pay for infrastructure? PennDOT wants to find out

BY: - February 26, 2020

Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told a House panel this week that they’re studying a congestion fee as a solution to the state’s constant search for cash to fund highway and public transit investment.

Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

BY: - February 24, 2020

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike. 

What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about 

BY: - February 24, 2020

The appropriations “have become structural,” Rep. Matt Bradford, of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, told the Capital-Star. 

A $9.50 minimum wage by 2022? The Pa. Senate just passed it. Now it’s up to the House.

BY: - November 20, 2019

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, passed 42-7. Every Democrat and the majority of Republicans supported the bill.

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.

As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline approaches, is a minimum wage increase still on the table?

BY: - June 14, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has made increasing the minimum wage a centerpiece of his budgets since taking office in 2015.

Pa. GOP leaders trumpet soaring state revenue, caution against spending

BY: - May 1, 2019

Legislative Republicans on Wednesday took a victory lap over a bustling state economy, giving credit to President Donald Trump's tax cuts, while cautioning against spending the newfound windfall.