Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance

After what can only be characterized as a tense week in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the 2019-2020 budget into law, enacting a $33.9 billion spending plan that includes no tax increases, and boosts to education funding.

 

The agreed-upon budget between Wolf and Republican leadership bolsters funding for public education and agriculture, while also making the largest allocation to the state’s emergency Rainy Day Fund in years. Wolf also signed a Human Service Code bill that ends General Assistance, a welfare program that provides cash grants of about $200 to Pennsylvania’s poorest residents.

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

The House Appropriations Committee moved to approve $90 million in bonding Wednesday night to help counties underwrite the costs of new voting machines, ending a protracted string of negotiations on the issue.

The Department of State last year issued a mandate requiring counties to purchase new election equipment, citing security concerns ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Tom Wolf asked for $75 million over five years to help local governments with those costs but Republicans removed that funding from the budget, in part as a rebuke of the Wolf administration’s edict.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Ever since updated revenue figures showing a positive balance were released this spring, Pennsylvania lawmakers have been clamoring to put as much of the state surplus as they can into the Rainy Day Fund. 

The fund, which serves as a state coffer for economic downturns and emergencies, has one of the lowest totals in the country, leaving Pennsylvania vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or recession. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

Despite last-minute pleas from Democrats, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would end a program that provides cash grants to Pennsylvanians who don’t qualify for other welfare and assistance programs.

 

House lawmakers voted 106-95 to pass House Bill 33, which would we bring an end to the General Assistance program that provides cash grants of approximately $200 a month to some of the poorest residents in the state.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Just one day after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to send a bill expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to his desk, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the legislation.

 

House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the cap on contributions to the state’s EITC program, which allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations that provide private school scholarships to Pennsylvania students.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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