Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

Senate committees explore health and solvency of the state Lottery Fund

The Senate Finance and Aging & Youth Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss the solvency and future of the Pennsylvania lottery fund and the millions of older residents that it supports. 

Although the state Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds per year for the past five fiscal years, Executive Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, said current sales are $123 million, or 3.9 percent, behind the same point last fiscal year. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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A continuing trend: February state budget revenues come in below estimate

A continuing trend: February state budget revenues come in below estimate

Revenue figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Wednesday evening continue to cast a pessimistic light on those hoping General Fund revenues will perk up to help balance the current and coming years’ state budgets.

Thursday, March 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

A closer look: Gov. Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax in budget proposal

As part of his $32.3 billion spending plan for FY 2017-2018, Gov. Tom Wolf is counting on nearly $294 million from a 6.5 severance tax on natural gas extracts, less an impact fee credit.

 

What will it look like and how is it being received?

Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

While Gov. Tom Wolf was not hiding the fact that he was planning on agency consolidations, complement capping, and other efficiencies in the executive branch, the burning question around the Capitol since the beginning of the year was how much would the governor try to save through these efforts and how would he get it done.

 

In unveiling his $32.3 billion budget Tuesday before a Joint Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday, that question was answered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors and poor decision-making within the Department of Labor and Industry have caused Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to lose out on past federal funding, a recent internal investigation by the Wolf administration revealed.

 

Though Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last month that his office would be conducting an audit of the UC system under the department and the associated Service Improvement Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) at the heart of a dispute between the Wolf administration and Senate Republicans, the Wolf administration had taken upon itself to conduct a parallel internal review, according to a letter sent by Budget Sec. Randy Albright to the Auditor General on Friday.

 

According to the letter, that internal review found two critical errors within the department that have caused the UC system to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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