General Fund exhausts Treasury’s $750 million loan

General Fund exhausts Treasury’s $750 million loan

State Treasurer Joe Torsella announced Wednesday afternoon that the General Fund—the state’s so-called largest checkbook—has exhausted a $750 million loan Treasury issued earlier this month from its Short Term Investment Pool to keep the fund above a zero balance.

 

The loan, which was released in full on Tuesday, must be paid back by next Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Noting potential credit downgrade, Gov. Wolf urges House to finish balancing the state budget

Noting potential credit downgrade, Gov. Wolf urges House to finish balancing the state budget

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday urged House Republicans to return to voting session as soon as possible to finish up balancing the state budget before the Commonwealth faces another credit downgrade.

 

“They know they’ve got to get to work and we’ve got to get the job done. I think House Republicans are aware of that, I know they are aware of that,” he said. “Standard and Poor’s is threatening a downgrade and I’m trying to hold them off, but they’re looking at what goes on here and, basically, House Republicans need to get back here and get this over the finish line.”

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Gov. Tom Wolf, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and school administrators from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region announced Monday a new initiative to lower the amount of time schools and students spend on the PSSA tests—a standardized assessment taken in grades three through eight.

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reed: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re not supportive of the revenue package the Senate passed over”

Reed: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re not supportive of the revenue package the Senate passed over”

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) addressed the Senate-passed revenue plan Thursday afternoon, panning large swaths of the proposal, but pledging to bring a new proposal to the table as soon as consensus in the House is achieved on a plan.

Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Costa give budget update

Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh Monday on a “Jobs That Pay” event where, after touring an area business, he provided his thoughts on the ongoing state budget process.

With a plan to fund the 2017-18 state budget halfway to implementation after the Senate passed a $2 billion revenue package late last month, Gov. Wolf said he is hopeful this year’s budget standoff will be over soon.

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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