As the new governor, yesterday Tom Corbett introduced his first Commonwealth Budget proposal for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year. The $27.3 billion spending plan represents a 3.1% decrease from last year. A special Budget Dashboard has been set up by the governor’s office so citizens
The Gospel compels us to provide for the poor and care for the sick. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me…The righteous will answer h
The highly successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program was cut by $15 million last year and was scheduled to be cut another $10 million this year; but thanks to the leadership and support of many state lawmakers, EITC will be funded at the same level as last year – $6
The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the state budget by the constitutional deadline, June 30. Over the Fourth of July weekend, they passed the necessary fiscal code bill that outlines the revenue to pay for it. Although not exactly on time, this state budget was passed earlier th
Governor Ed Rendell will sign the 2010-2011 state budget this morning, putting the $28 billion spending plan into law. Later this afternoon he will sign the companion fiscal code bill that designates how the revenue will be generated to pay for the plan.
A disagreement over an unresolved issue in the Fiscal Code bill has created an obstacle in the final approval of the state budget. The General Assembly passed the $28.05 billion spending plan on Wednesday, June 30, but Governor Ed Rendell said he would not sign it into law until the
On June 30, the last day of the state fiscal year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a $28 billion general appropriations bill for 2010-2011. Governor Ed Rendell has not yet signed the bill; but he says he will once the legislature passes the required fiscal code bill outlining
Today is the deadline for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pass its 2010-2011 state budget. Yesterday, Governor Ed Rendell held a press conference to announce that he and legislative leadership from all four caucuses have agreed to the terms of a $28.052 billion budget.
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program provides scholarships for thousands of school children to attend the school that their parents believe is best for them. In the 2009-2010 budget, the EITC Program was cut by $15 million, making the program a total of $60 million.
Arithmetic can be a challenging subject, as any student cramming for finals will tell you. State lawmakers in Harrisburg will agree. Right now, they must solve a particularly tough math problem – balance the Commonwealth budget before June 30.