Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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October revenue collections dip, bringing year-to-date number below estimate

October revenue collections dip, bringing year-to-date number below estimate

Despite a robust first quarter in terms of revenue collections, the Independent Fiscal Office reported Wednesday that October revenue collections fell over $59 million over last year’s October numbers.

 

Total collections through October ring in around $9.1 billion.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Severance tax legislation will “get its day in court,” House leader says

Talked about more this budget cycle than in recent memory, a tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas extracts has been a divisive issue for many different camps in the state’s General Assembly.

 

While a number of proposals have been seen as the lead concept that would apply revenue from a severance tax on a more universal statewide basis than under the current impact fee, no stand-alone proposal has progressed as far as Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s (R-Bucks) House Bill 1401.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf talks broken Harrisburg, budget process at Press Club luncheon

Gov. Wolf talks broken Harrisburg, budget process at Press Club luncheon

Gov. Tom Wolf was the featured speaker at October’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, where Harrisburg’s broken governmental and budget processes were his main topics of choice.

Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Full slate of budget-balancing bills await Gov. Wolf’s action

Full slate of budget-balancing bills await Gov. Wolf’s action

It took almost four months beyond the traditional June 30 deadline, but House lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up sending a full slate of budget-balancing bills to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk in what is likely their last best effort to end the FY 2017-2018 budget process.

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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