PA State Budget

$11B Budget Package Passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov 21, 2020
Jacqueline Larma / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package won passage in a lame-duck Friday night session in Pennsylvania’s Legislature, as lawmakers sought to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the pandemic and carry state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers voted as they rushed to wrap up their two-year session. A coronavirus outbreak in the House of Representatives caused hours of delay Friday before the main spending bill passed the chamber, 104-97, and the Senate, 31-18.

Pa. House Approves Budget Bill After Stiff Criticism By Democrats

Jun 25, 2019
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives passed the main bill in a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan on Tuesday, despite hard criticism by rank-and-file Democrats that included a floor fight over whether they could criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage increase.
Democrats also bitterly protested the bill's defunding of a Depression-era cash assistance program for the poor, a Republican demand that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf also opposes in a budget package that he otherwise supports.

Old Main building at Penn State

In-state students at Penn State may be spared a tuition increase in the upcoming school year. 

Part of the state budget that’s on the table is a 3 percent increase in funding for Penn State and the other state-related universities. The university says it will keep tuition flat if it gets a 3 percent increase in funding from the state.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says he expects the Senate to take up the budget Friday. The state House approved in Wednesday.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania signed on to a list of seven priorities they hope to achieve in 2018, in a statement released this week by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. But the local leaders say they cannot achieve their goals alone.

Old Main

Penn State will finally be getting its funding from the state. On Wednesday night, the General Assembly ended its budget impasse, including approving appropriations for Penn State and the other state-related universities. 

State funding for Penn State had been in limbo since the start of the fiscal year in July. So much so, the university suggested students might get a bigger tuition bill midyear.

That waiting game ended when the General Assembly approved funding for Penn State. The budget means a mid-year tuition bump for students is off the table.

PA politicians around a table
Katie Meyer / WITF

(Harrisburg) -- The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers.

Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it’s unclear how much it’ll move the needle toward a resolution.

The Senate and the administration of Governor Tom Wolf both support a very different plan that raises several taxes—something the House majority wants to avoid completely.

Are Pennsylvania’s minimum wage earners likely to see a pay increase? What of Governor Tom Wolf’s current budget will make it through the Pennsylvania House—what won’t?   WPSU’s Greg Petersen talks about the next state budget with Democrat Mike Hanna, the house minority whip who represents Pennsylvania’s 76th district.    

PA Budget Passes After Fast-track Negotiation

Jul 14, 2016
Lawmakers with paperwork
Marc Levy / AP Photo

After two days with an underfunded state budget, lawmakers have approved a revenue plan to balance the $31.5 billion spending bill.


Governor Tom Wolf has signed it Wednesday evening, putting an end to the 2016/17 budget process.


Wolf said the action saved the commonwealth from a repeat of last year’s budget debacle.


“Today’s passage of a revenue package means we avoid another lengthy impasse,” he said in an official statement. “Our budget is balanced this year, and we have greatly reduced the budget’s structural deficit.”


Lock Haven Students Rally For State Funding

Feb 8, 2016
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Students and faculty from state-owned universities across the state traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for increased funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Lock Haven University students and faculty wearing the school’s colors boarded a bus to the state capitol on Monday. The state system’s faculty union sponsored a bus for each state-owned university to send students, faculty and alumni to advocate for more state funding for higher education.