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Our office provides careful analyses of state budget related legislation and issues presented here as budget briefings, fast facts, primers, spreadsheets and other material to help you understand how the state budget impacts the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Check back here for new materials from the time the governor presents an executive budget proposal to the General Assembly in early February through enactment of a new state spending plan in June and throughout the summer and fall as more detailed analyses are completed and posted. For upcoming meetings, recent committee votes, legislation currently in the committeee and committee transcripts, please visit the General Assembly's website.
This spreadsheet compares the amount of state funding for classrooms each school district received in 2010/11 (the year prior to the funding cut) to 2014/15 and 2015/16, including the percentage restoration. In total through 2015/16, basic education funding to school districts remains about $380 million short of fully restoring the $1 billion cut, and only 4 percent of school districts have had their funding cuts restored.
This document is a summary of the budget-related legislation for the 2015/16 enacted state budget.
This primer provides historical information on the Fiscal Code bill, commonly called the “trailer” bill, which follows the budget bill and provides substantive language implementing the budget.
This spreadsheet compares by school district the 2015/16 Basic Education and Ready to Learn Block Grant funding increases over 2014/15, as well as the Special Education funding. For 2015/16, the Wolf administration will distribute money to school districts through a formula that focuses on partially restoring the funding cuts of the previous administration, while also beginning to implement the Basic Education Funding Commission’s new formula.
General Fund revenues in March finished above the official estimate by $86.7 million, or 2.0 percent. Total fiscal year-to-date collections are now $147.4 million, or 0.7 percent, higher than the official estimate for 2015/16.
This quick reference guide compares overall General Fund spending, education and human services spending in the five different 2015/16 budget plans, including House Bill 1801 as enacted without the governor’s signature (Act 1A).
House Bill 1327 amends the Fiscal Code with substantive language implementing the General Appropriation Act of 2015, and it makes other amendments to the Fiscal Code. On March 25, 2016, Gov. Wolf vetoed House Bill 1327.
On March 25, 2016, Gov. Wolf vetoed the Fiscal Code “trailer” bill (House Bill 1327, PN2969) that accompanied the 2015/16 General Fund spending plan enacted without his signature – Act 1A (House Bill 1801, PN2968). This summary document provides a preliminary overview of the possible implications of not enacting aspects of the Fiscal Code bill.
This spreadsheet compares the funding levels in the Republicans' budget proposal for 2015/16 (House Bill 1801, PN2968) to last year’s budget (2014/15), the budget proposal line-item vetoed by the governor (House Bill 1460, PN2626) and the governor’s proposed budget for 2015/16 as contained in his February 2016 Executive Budget, including supplemental appropriations. Note: On March 28, 2016, House Bill 1801 was enacted (Act 1A) without the governor's signature.
This printout summarizes Governor Wolf’s spending proposal for 2016/17 and proposed supplemental appropriations for 2015/16.
This document provides an overview of Gov. Wolf’s 2016/17 Executive Budget proposal. Gov. Wolf’s proposed 2016/17 state General Fund budget of $32.7 billion increases state expenditures by $2.2 billion, or 7.1 percent, after adjusting for proposed supplemental appropriations in 2015/16.