Senate Approves Budget-Related Bills
Thursday, July 27, 2017
On July 27, the Senate narrowly approved a $1.8 billion revenue package (HB 542) that included $1.3 billion in borrowing and $571 million in new revenues from sources such as new or expanded gross receipts taxes on natural gas, electricity and telecommunications, a tax on consumer fireworks and imposition of the sales tax on internet-based sales. A "volume differential tax" on natural gas would also be imposed that would leave the current Act 13 impact fee in place, while guaranteeting at least $200 million in impact fee revenues annually. Finally, the plan depends on the transfer of $200 million in funds and $200 million from a gaming bill that has yet to be approved.
The Senate further approved amendments to the Human Services Code (HB 59), Administrative Code (HB 118) and Fiscal Code (HB 453), which included removing the sunset on the state's recycling fee and reauthorizing senior judge support grants for counties.
These bills now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Budget Becomes Law Without Governor's Signature
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
On Monday, July 10, Gov. Wolf allowed HB 218, representing the FY 2017-2018 state budget bill, to become law without his signature while discussions with the General Assembly on revenues continue. The Governor's statement is linked below.
County Budget Analysis Available
Friday, June 30, 2017
Following the amendment of HB 218 with a FY 2017-2018 budget on Thursday, CCAP has been reviewing the impact on line items impacting county government. A spreadsheet comparing proposed line items with county impact to the current fiscal year is linked below, and a more detailed narrative analysis will follow in the coming days.