New state budget sets aside $16M for Pa. farmers hit by pandemic | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The blink-and-you missed spending plan offers tax credits and grants to Pa. farmers.
Pa.’s unspent stimulus cash will pad out $35B budget
(*This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. on 11/19/20 to include additional comment from House Republicans) A $35 billion budget deal, buoyed by federal stimulus money, emerged in Harrisburg Thursday, representing a 2.2 percent cut from last year. If finally approved, the spending blueprint would complete a drawn-out fiscal process that started in June, and […]
It’s Budget Week (again). Here’s what you need to know | Monday Morning Coffee
Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have until Nov. 30 to get a budget deal to finish the 2020-21 fiscal year. Can it be done?
What an ancient Roman philosopher can teach us about our pandemic era | Five for the Weekend
Why the wisdom of the Stoics is the perfect antidote for our pandemic age.
Pa. has to pass a budget soon. Here’s what is on the table
Budget debates in Pennsylvania’s state Capitol are fast-moving affairs in the best of years, with legislative leaders talking behind closed doors with little input from the public.
Hughes: It’s ‘a crime to have $1.3B sitting around’; Ahead of budget debate, Senate Dems release plan for unspent CARES cash
With round two of this year’s budget debate looming, Senate Democrats have rolled out their plan to spend $1.3 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 relief funds.
As lawmakers, Wolf prep for another budget debate, Medicaid spending should be front and center | Ray E. Landis
Potential cuts would be widespread and painful for Pennsylvanians of all ages, but older Pennsylvanians may be particularly targeted.
A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief | The Numbers Racket
For the most part, the funding in the $25.8 billion stopgap budget will remain at the same level as the 2019-2020, but there are a few areas where the budgets differ.
Wolf signs budget; Vetoes bill he says hobbled executive power during pandemic
The no-tax increase spending plan provides five months' worth of funding across state government. but a full year of funding for K-12 and higher education.
With lawmaker’s COVID-19 case, the Pa. House makes national headlines for all the wrong reasons – again | Friday Morning Coffee
The Legislature briefly did the right thing this week. And then decided that precedent simply couldn't stand. Because, of course.
Pa. Senate sends Wolf stopgap $25.8 billion budget; Wolf expected to sign it
The budget, which does not contain any tax hikes, got the approval of the state Senate in a 44-6 vote Thursday afternoon.
Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus
The plan, passed unanimously Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $632 million for nursing homes; $625 million for county block grants; $259 million to boost funding for intellectual disability care, and $225 million for small business grants.