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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 29, 2015) -- The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center issued the following statement, by Executive Director Stephen Herzenberg, after Gov. Wolf vetoed today the stopgap budget sent to him by the legislature:

“Gov. Wolf did the right thing in vetoing the stopgap budget. Short-term, inadequate funding for schools and human services would eliminate any pressure on the legislature to shift from the failed policies of the past four years that undermined educational opportunity, sabotaged the state’s economic recovery and left the state’s fiscal house in disorder.

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Sept. 16, 2015 --Harrisburg has become preoccupied with budget process and tactics in recent weeks. But what Pennsylvanians need is a good budget outcome – a budget that reinvests in education, jobs and communities using revenues from a severance tax, provides property tax relief and puts the state’s fiscal house in order.

To refocus attention on the key budget choices that legislators and Gov. Wolf must make, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center launched “Why the Budget Matters – Let’s Count the Ways.”

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – Aug. 26, 2015 –The Pennsylvania legislature needs to buckle down and finally start working on a sustainable state budget, a coalition of human services and budget groups said in a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda the morning after the House took a series of unsuccessful and likely unconstitutional line-item veto override votes on the budget passed at the end of June. Gov. Wolf vetoed that budget in its entirety on June 30, after introducing in March his own budget proposal, which the General Assembly’s leadership failed to seriously consider.

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – Aug. 25, 2015 -- Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued the following statement after line-item veto override votes on the Republican budget failed in the Pennsylvania House.

“Now that several likely unconstitutional line-item veto override votes in the Pennsylvania House have failed, seven weeks after Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican budget in its entirety, it’s time for the General Assembly’s leadership to finally get down to the real business of seriously negotiating a sustainable state budget. This budget must restore education funding, solve Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest in the state’s economic recovery.

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Aug. 24, 2015 -- Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, called on members of the Pennsylvania House to focus on substantive budget negotiations rather than attempt futile veto override votes in the following statement released today:

“These planned line-item veto override votes are likely meaningless. Because the governor vetoed the entire Republican budget, only a veto override vote on the full budget would likely be constitutional. Moreover, until the General Assembly and the governor agree on how to raise all the revenue needed for a complete and balanced budget, agencies providing vital human services and other services included in line-item veto overrides have no guarantee that they will actually get the money they so desperately need.

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- July 28, 2015 – A new three-part report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center suggests that similarities between the Wolf and House (HB 504) property tax relief proposals should make this a logical area of compromise between the Governor and General Assembly. PBPC, a project of the Keystone Research Center, also provides the first comparative numbers on how much tax relief the Wolf and House plans would provide to typical homeowners in each school district, results which may surprise many supporters of HB 504.

(HARRISBURG, PA) June 30, 2015 -- Dr. Mark Price, an economist and interim research director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage today of HB 1192, which now goes to Gov. Wolf for his consideration:

“We are disappointed that House and Senate Republicans approved a 2015-16 state budget plan that will prolong the failed, cuts-only approach to governing pursued under the previous administration. Apparently, no lessons have been learned from Pennsylvania’s poor economic performance over the past four years. Nor does this budget reflect the will of the majority of Pennsylvanians to fully restore state funding recently cut from education, provide property tax relief and enact a severance tax on gas drillers profiting from our natural resources.

Therefore, we urge Gov. Wolf to veto this ill-advised, hastily conceived and unilaterally developed budget.

 

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – June 28, 2015 -- The 2015-16 proposed budget passed in a party-line vote by the Pennsylvania House yesterday, and under consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate tonight, continues to rely on the kind of one-time revenue sources and budget fixes that have patched together the state’s last four budgets and that have led to repeated downgrades of the state’s bond rating.

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