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 document is an analysis of the pension proposal, SB 1071, as amended by A8206.
This document is a summary of the budget-related legislation for the 2015/16 enacted state budget.
This document provides and overview of the Oil and Gas Lease Fund and how revenues from the fund are currently being allocated and how transfers in recent years have put a strain on the Fund.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) regulates the manufacture, possession, sale, consumption, importation, use, storage, transportation and delivery of liquor, alcohol and malt or brewed beverages in the commonwealth. This document provides an overview of the liquor sales system in Pennsylvania.
General Fund revenues lost ground in April, coming in $24.8 million less than expected, which brings total General Fund collections through 10 months of the fiscal year to $122.6 million higher than expected, or 0.5 percent.
This spreadsheet compares by school district the 2015/16 funding levels to 2014/15 using the distribution formulas in House Bill 1589 (Act 25).
This spreadsheet compares by school district the 2015/16 Special Education Funding levels to 2014/15 using the distribution formulas in House Bill 1589 (Act 25).
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 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.
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).
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