PA Budget

Updated: February 20, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett proposed a 2013-14 budget of $28.4 billion — up $400 million, or 1%, from the budget in place when he took office in January 2011. Read PBPC's detailed analysis of the proposal.

February 5, 2013

The governor’s budget does little to reduce the trend of disinvestment in Pennsylvania schools and communities. It relies heavily on speculative and one-time sources of funding, and proposes expensive new corporate tax breaks that will continue to shift costs to local taxpayers. Read PBPC's media statement.

July 13, 2012

The General Assembly has enacted a 2012-13 state budget that restores some of the cuts proposed by Governor Tom Corbett but remains below budgeted 2008-09 levels, despite four years of recession-driven increases in demand for services.

July 3, 2012

The newly enacted Human Services Block Grant pilot program will be instituted in up to 20 counties. We have the details.

July 3, 2012

The General Assembly has adopted a Welfare Code bill that eliminates the General Assistance Program, affecting close to 69,000 vulnerable Pennsylvanians. It also includes several other provisions that will make it harder for low-income individuals with high health needs to access health care services and for low-income mothers to find work.

June 29, 2012

In addition to passing a state budget, the General Assembly is moving legislation to change the rules for charter school authorization, expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, provide additional funding for distressed schools and establish new standards for teacher evaluations.

June 12, 2012

The Pennsylvania House amended the Senate Budget last week to add $91 million to the Departments of Education, Environmental Protection and Public Welfare, but because new spending had to be offset elsewhere the plan also includes cuts to the Governor’s office, economic development programs and general government operations.

June 11, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett's May 21 newsletter offered up responses to five "myths" the administration claims are circulating about his proposed budget for next year. We examine these myths and the myths behind the myths to give you a clear picture about what is fact and what is fiction in Harrisburg.

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