Can the budget deficit be solved with cuts alone?

Can the budget deficit be solved with cuts alone?

As legislators in the state House of Representatives have been spending the last month or so mulling over how to close the $2.3 billion deficit facing the current status of the state budget, most of the proposals in that chamber have focused on ways to avoid or at least lessen the potential prospect of broad-based tax increases.

 

While a group of self-titled “budget hawks” have been working on a solution that transfers money from non-General Fund pools of money into the Commonwealth’s main checking account as a way to solve the issue, others have not hidden the fact that they’d like to cut their way out of the problem to close the deficit from the last fiscal year and align the current budget with estimated state revenues for this fiscal year—currently sitting around $31.19 billion.

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday called on his Department of Health to work with the state General Assembly to craft legislation mandating statewide blood-lead level testing for children under the age of two.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Revenue discussion update: Wolf warns sternly as House GOP works toward consensus plan

Revenue discussion update: Wolf warns sternly as House GOP works toward consensus plan

Progress toward an eventual budget solution crept forward on Tuesday as several dozen House Republicans gathered in the state Capitol for a briefing on a plan some members have developed that relies mainly on special fund transfers to dig Pennsylvania out of its current $2.2 billion deficit.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Markosek: “The leadership in the House Democratic caucus is at least on board with trying to get those votes” for budget revenue

Markosek: “The leadership in the House Democratic caucus is at least on board with trying to get those votes” for budget revenue

The halls of state Capitol remained quiet Monday as Pennsylvania’s revenue-related budget impasse rolled into its ninth full week.

While a few members of House legislative leadership were in the building, not much visible progress was made toward balancing the state’s $31.99 billion spending plan, which is currently $2.2 billion out of balance.

Monday, August 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Gov. Wolf discusses new animal cruelty laws

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf discusses new animal cruelty laws

On Tuesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), and animal rights advocates gathered at the Humane Society of Harrisburg to remind the public that Act 10 of 2017 goes into effect on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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