Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 10: Budget season is here

Right 2 Know Episode 10: Budget season is here

Cash rules everything around the latest episode of Right 2 Know, as Justin and Andrew dig into the latest updates on the state budget. Justin also schools us on the prospects of Gov. Tom Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania initiative and we school Justin on the wonder that is the Farm Show milkshake. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

IFO: State's revenue outlook better than expected but 'deceleration' likely ahead

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office is estimating over $850 million more in revenue this fiscal year than initially projected, although it cautioned that many of the factors underpinning that increase are short lived.

IFO Director Matthew Knittel unveiled the updated projections at a meeting Monday, noting that the state economy performed roughly as expected but that a bump in taxes on internet revenue and strong corporate profits helped to boost the state’s revenue outlook.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Republican leaders are touting more than $800 million in more-than-expected tax revenues as a sign the state is on the right fiscal path but cautioned Wednesday that they will be looking to plow most of that money into the rainy day fund.

 

The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday they had collected a little over $464 million in tax revenue in April, 11 percent more than projected. That brings the total General Fund revenue to $29.2 billion, $828 million more than initially expected..

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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