PA State Budget http://wesa.fm en Corbett Faces Tough Challenge in Budget Decision http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-faces-tough-challenge-budget-decision <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to sign the $29.1 billion budget passed by state lawmakers last week. He said he would not sign a budget that does not include a pension overhaul.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:48:46 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32263 at http://wesa.fm Explaining Governor Corbett's Budget Battle http://wesa.fm/post/explaining-governor-corbetts-budget-battle <p>Budgets often lead to some of the most contentious battles within government, and the approval for the Pennsylvania’s $29.1 billion budget is shaping up to follow suit.</p><p>The budget was approved by lawmakers on Monday night, hours before the end of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year, but Governor Tom Corbett <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/07/01/Gov-Tom-Corbett-refuses-to-sign-state-budget/stories/201407010110">refused to sign the budget sent to him</a>.</p><p>He said he would withhold his signature until the General Assembly made a decision regarding pension cuts, adding that the budget “does not address all the difficult choices that still need to be made.” Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:02:28 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31975 at http://wesa.fm Explaining Governor Corbett's Budget Battle Democrats Slam State Budget http://wesa.fm/post/democrats-slam-state-budget <p>The Pennsylvania Senate passed a $29.1 billion state budget late Monday to the fanfare of Republicans and jeers of Democrats. Gov. Tom Corbett <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-withholds-signature-budget-pension-overhaul">has yet to sign the budget</a>, citing a lack of a pension overhaul.</p><p>Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) is one of many Democrats displeased with the bill.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:12:31 +0000 Deanna Garcia 31881 at http://wesa.fm No-Tax Budget Teed Up For Final Votes Today http://wesa.fm/post/no-tax-budget-teed-final-votes-today <pre wrap=""> A roughly $29.1 billion state budget is poised for final votes in the House and Senate Monday. The plan includes no new taxes, and appears likely to go to the governor before the midnight deadline. Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans are noting the number of one-time funding sources and optimistic tax revenue forecasts baked into the plan. The proposed spending blueprint relies on nearly $250 million in transfers from funds for small business loans and other programs. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:28:34 +0000 Mary Wilson 31798 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/breaking-down-corbetts-budget-proposal <p>Governor Tom Corbett delivered his fourth budget address Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.</p><p>A sizable portion of Corbett's roughly three percent increase in state spending would go to education. Is this year's version of the governor's budget really the "pivot point" that <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/office_of_the_budget____home/4408/charles_zogby/461439">Budget Secretary Charles Zogby</a> is calling it?</p><p>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review capitol reporter Brad Bumsted points out that the budget has supporters and critics. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pawlenty">Senator Tim Pawlenty</a> showed support for the budget plan by declaring the latest speech as the best budget speech of Corbett's tenure. But how does Corbett plan on completing this budget plan without raising taxes?</p><p>According to Bumsted, “his budget director says its by anticipating 4% revenue growth with a number of one-time fixes and continuing fixes. But some of the things he is counting on requires approval outside of his control." Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:43:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23929 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal Corbett Proposes an Additional $10 Million for PA's Pre-K Program http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-proposes-additional-10-million-pas-pre-k-program <p>Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced an additional $10 million in funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts.</p><p>“Every child in this state should be, ready to learn, ready to grow, ready to succeed, and my budget sets an agenda in that spirit,” Corbett said.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Liz Reid 23867 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_gets_budget_bu.html#/0">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/2013-14%20Governors%20Executive%20Budget%20CD.pdf">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_signs_off_on_p.html">Controversial issues </a>including liquor privatization and allocations for transportation funding remain in the Legislature until the fall, prompting a close examination of these pressing topics and the motivations behind both parties in both the House and Senate.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12400 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation