PA Budget

31 organizations -- labor, environmental, religious, women's, education advocacy, and service provider groups -- delivered district budget fact sheets to every member of the General Assembly, with a cover letter signed by all of the groups, encouraging legislators to support the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

One critical value that should guide tax policy in our view is “revenue adequacy” – having enough revenue to invest in essential public goods, starting with education, and in services critical to quality of life for middle‐ and low‐income families.

General Fund revenue collections exceeded official revenue targets by just under $50 million in May. This pushes the fiscal-year-to-date revenue surplus to $619 million, or 2.3% above estimate. While revenues exceeding estimate are a good signal that the economy is doing better than expected, the 2014-15 surplus is unlikely to have the positive impact on the 2015-16 budget that one would normally expect.

 

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) June 10, 2015 – A diverse array of 41 major organizations, which serve or represent millions of Pennsylvanians, today called on state lawmakers to enact a fair and reasonable tax on the extraction of natural gas and use the revenue to reinvest in Pennsylvania’s public schools, promote economic development and clean energy, and strengthen oversight of the natural gas industry.

(HARRISBURG, PA)With state budget negotiations heating up in Harrisburg, for the first time new information-packed fact sheets are being released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center that reveal the real impact of Gov. Wolf's budget plan on taxpayers, homeowners, schoolchildren, minimum wage workers and other Pennsylvanians who would be affected by his proposals.

"Pennsylvania is now the second largest natural gas producer in the country," testified Research Director Michael Wood before a Senate Joint Committee,"and it is time to end the excuses and enact a real severance tax."  

 

We have BIG news that will make Keystone Research Center’s Annual Awards Reception on June 1 at the Hilton Harrisburg especially exciting and exclusive this year. Our guest speaker will be Gov. Tom Wolf! He will begin speaking promptly at 5:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss what the governor has to say as the legislature returns to session and budget negotiations reach fever pitch.

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