budget

Massive defense bill approved by U.S. Senate, but deep partisan divide with House looms

BY: - July 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators avoided a heated partisan split as they passed the massive annual defense policy package late Thursday —  in stark contrast to the GOP-led House version, in which far-right members included language to restrict abortion access and transgender care for service members. Senators passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 86-11, but lawmakers […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pennsylvania budget deadline looms as debate over school vouchers continues

BY: and - June 30, 2023

Disagreement over a proposal creating private school tuition vouchers for K-12 public school students has become central to budget talks.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate GOP warns of possible budget impasse one week into the new fiscal year

BY: - July 7, 2022

Pennsylvania lawmakers were cautiously optimistic on Wednesday that they would reach a budget agreement with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf by the end of the week.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The clock is ticking for lawmakers, Wolf to agree on 2022-23 budget. What to know so far

BY: and - June 28, 2022

Lawmakers have until midnight on Thursday to pass a spending plan that allocates billions of dollars to fund education, economic growth, community development, and human services.

In final budget address, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces $43.7B spending proposal

BY: and - February 8, 2022

“We are no longer digging out of a hole. We’re ready to build,” Wolf, who vowed to leave Pennsylvania with a budget surplus at the end of his term, said during a joint session of the House and Senate.

Pa. Democrats unveil $3.75B education spending blueprint ahead of budget season

BY: - January 31, 2022

The proposal would use $2.75 billion out of the general fund and $1 billion from unspent federal American Rescue Plan funds allocated to Pennsylvania last year.

‘We’re still in the game.’ Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf praises $40.8B budget for education investments

BY: - June 30, 2021

“We’re still in the game,” he said. “We still have the ball, but I don’t think anybody — including me — has said that this is where we want to be. It’s a step.”

With a legacy at stake, Gov. Tom Wolf pushes for fair school funding

BY: - June 8, 2021

“Gov. Wolf might be gone in 18 months, but he’s not gonna be forgotten,” Rep. Matthew Bradford, of Montgomery County, the top Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said. “His legacy is what we do on these school funding issues.”