Pennsylvania Budget en PA Budget Chief Defends Governor's Spending Plan <p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget secretary has started three weeks of budget hearings by defending the use of revenue predictions built into a proposed $29.4 billion spending plan.<br /><br />Charles Zogby acknowledges the budget proposal rests, in part, on reducing the state’s payments into the two public pension systems — something that still requires action by the Legislature.<br /> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:15:23 +0000 Mary Wilson 24196 at PA Democrats Outline Priorities Ahead of Governor’s Budget Address <p>Less than one week before Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his annual budget address, Pennsylvania Democrats fanned out across the commonwealth announcing their spending priorities.</p><p>They are calling on Corbett to focus on five main areas: education, Medicaid expansion, human service programs, jobs and development, and increasing the minimum wage.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:46:17 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23635 at PA Democrats Outline Priorities Ahead of Governor’s Budget Address PA Budget Chief Warns of $1.4 Billion Budget Shortfall Next Fiscal Year <p>The governor’s budget secretary is warning if the current financial picture holds, the commonwealth could face up to a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year.<br /><br />Charles Zogby said the budget deficit is due largely to rising personnel costs like health care and pensions.<br /><br />But a reduction in federal funds for medical assistance and cost increases in the state’s prisons system are also contributing to the gap.<br /><br />Zogby said the Corbett administration is still trying to avoid cuts.<br /> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:30:26 +0000 Mary Wilson 21650 at PA Dems Outline Budget Savings, Investment in Jobs, Education <p>Before the holidays, Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to deliver his mid-fiscal year budget update.&nbsp;</p><p>Citing a November report by the Independent Fiscal Office that the commonwealth faces a projected structural budget deficit of $839 million, Senate Democrats Tuesday unveiled a savings and investment plan.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:48:12 +0000 Kevin Gavin 21151 at PA Dems Won't Let Medicaid Debate Die <p>As the budget battle comes to a boil in Harrisburg, the fight over Medicaid expansion is heating up right along side it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers for the most part are split along party lines with Republicans supporting Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to not opt into the federal government’s offer, while Democrats are calling for the state to expand the program as soon as possible.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:49:50 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12142 at Senate Dems Offer Their Own Budget Proposal <p>As lawmakers in the state House teed up the legislative vehicle for a state budget Monday morning, Senate Democrats offered their view on what the final spending plan should look like.<br><br>The Senate Democrats' plan amounts to about $28.4 billion — roughly $56 million above what the governor proposed. It depends on the so-called modernization of the state's liquor system, keeping a business tax the governor wants to eliminate, and the state's participation in a federally authorized expansion of the Medicaid program.<br> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:54:26 +0000 Mary Wilson 10697 at Pennsylvania Business Leaders Seek Tax Changes from Lawmakers <p>On the heels of news that <a href="">Pennsylvania ranks 42nd in the nation for best places to do business</a>, the CompetePA Coalition is calling on lawmakers to change the corporate tax structure. In particular, the group is asking that the $3 million cap on net operating loss (NOL) carryforwards be eliminated.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9754 at IUP Inaugurates Driscoll as New President <p>With nine months already on the job, Mike Driscoll will be officially inaugurated Friday afternoon as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.</p><p>Driscoll, who began his duties last July, came to IUP from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, where he was provost and executive vice chancellor.</p><p>Driscoll said he came to IUP because of what makes it a great campus.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:17:43 +0000 Jared Adkins 8524 at IUP Inaugurates Driscoll as New President Panel Says PA Budget Has Strong, Largely Negative Impact on Women <p>As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the impact the state budget has on women was examined at a Women and Girls Foundation forum.</p><p>Slightly more than 51 percent of Pennsylvania’s population is made up of women, according to U.S. Census data. The state budget affects every resident of the state, but some argue that budget cuts to certain areas disproportionately affect women, especially women of color.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:58:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia 6907 at Panel Says PA Budget Has Strong, Largely Negative Impact on Women PA Senators Heap Praise on New DPW Chief <div class="field-item even"><p>A state Senate hearing offered lawmakers a chance to heap anticipatory praise on the state Department of Public Welfare's brand-new&nbsp;chief.</p><p>The chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee had to ask the audience to refrain from applause - not a common request during budget&nbsp;hearings.</p><p>Nevertheless, lawmakers on the panel found other ways to gush. One called acting secretary Bev Mackereth tremendous. Another said she's a breath of fresh&nbsp;air.</p><p>Not Democratic state Senator Larry Farnese of&nbsp;Philadelphia.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:27:24 +0000 Mary Wilson 2156 at Flat State Funding for PA Community Colleges Could Jeopardize Accessibility, Affordability <p></p><p>Community College presidents from around the commonwealth addressed the House Appropriations Committee during a budget hearing this week, making the case for increased funding. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:32:09 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2049 at Corbett Administration Defends One-time Funding for Schools <div class="field-item even"><p>The state Capitol is where the sausage is made, or so the saying goes. So perhaps it makes sense that, with so many big proposals to negotiate, there's been a lot of talk about&nbsp;links.</p><p>One example: the governor's liquor privatization plan has been linked to education funding, in that his proposal would put $1 billion raised through selling off state stores and liquor licenses toward one-time grants for schools - a program called Passport to&nbsp;Learning.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1938 at Conservative Think Tank: Corbett's Transportation Numbers Don't Add Up <p>When Governor Corbett released his proposed 2013-14 budget of $28.4 billion this month, it included a transportation investment plan.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:09:14 +0000 Jared Adkins 1396 at State Police Face Shortages in Wake Of Municipal Budget Cuts <p>The increasing reliance on the Pennsylvania State Police isn’t letting up any time soon, in spite of the governor’s plan to put another 380 troopers on patrol.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:34:05 +0000 Mary Wilson and 90.5 WESA Staff 1347 at State Police Face Shortages in Wake Of Municipal Budget Cuts Sen. Teplitz: "Watchdog" Agencies Could Be "Neutered" By Corbett's Budget <p>A Dauphin County State Senator is worried the commonwealth's “watchdog” agencies won’t be able to perform their duties if Governor Tom Corbett’s new $28.5 billion budget passes.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:53:01 +0000 Tim Camerato 1337 at Hearings Begin on PA's $28.48B Budget <p>Two weeks after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his $28.4 billion dollar budget proposal, state lawmakers are settling in for what could be a fight. Three weeks of House and Senate budget hearings began Tuesday in Harrisburg.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:20:44 +0000 Mary Wilson and 90.5 WESA Staff 1221 at