Pennsylvania Counties Seek Action to End State Budget Impasse And Prevent Future Harm
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
On Monday, Pennsylvania counties authorized counsel to explore options to end the current six month state budget impasse and to prevent future threats to key human services programs provided at the county level. The media release is linked below, as is a copy of the motion made by CCAP Board Chair Jeff Haste.
CCAP Board Approves Resolution Recognizing Providers for Sacrifices During Budget Impasse
Thursday, January 21, 2016
At its meeting on Jan. 15, the CCAP Board of Directors approved a resolution recognizing the commitment of the service providers and the community foundations who supported them through the six-month budget impasse, which took a significant toll on those who rely on state funding. The resolution expresses appreciation to these agencies and foundations that ensured county residents continued to receive critical services despite the challenges of the impasse. A copy of the resolution is linked below, and per the direction of the Board has been delivered to all 67 counties, inviting all elected officials to share a copy with affected local providers and community foundations.
Information on FY 2015-2016 Payments to Counties
Monday, January 11, 2016
CCAP has compiled information regarding timing of state payments to counties following the enactment of a FY 2015-2016 state budget. The link below provides information for specific programs, and will be updated as additional details are received.
PA Treasury Expediting Delayed State Payments to Schools, Counties, Human Services Organizations
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The Pennsylvania Treasury today issued a press release indicating that it has received payment requests from the governor’s Office of the Budget for approximately 16,400 delayed payments totaling nearly $3.3 billion to school districts, counties and human service organizations and expects the funds to be delivered by the middle of next week. Treasury is also working with the Office of the Budget to process the remaining delayed payments and expects the entire backlog will be sent out within approximately two weeks.
For additional details and information on how to check the status of outstanding FY 2015-16 invoices submitted to the Commonwealth, click below to see the full press release.
Gov. Wolf Line-Item Vetos HB 1460
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
This morning, Governor Wolf announced that he would sign the budget bill on his desk, HB 1460, with a number of lines blue-lined. Chief among these is cutting the basic education line in half, with the intent of creating leverage to keep the legislature at the table. For counties, none of the lines are cut, so the full amount of state and federal funding allocated in the bill will be available for release. This version does not include restoration funding for the Human Services Block Grant, and does include the rebalancing initiative for children and youth.
CCAP will provide additional information on when funding will be available as further details are obtained.
House to Vote on FY 2015-2016 Budget Bill
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The House today reverted to a prior version of SB 1073 which represents the framework budget for FY 2015-2016 that was previously approved by the Senate. A final floor vote in the House is expected on Wednesday. Further information and analysis will continue to be posted as available.
House Committee Adopts Stopgap Budget
Monday, December 21, 2015
The House Appropriations Committee today adopted an amendment to SB 1073, a stopgap budget for FY 2015-2016. The stopgap budget would total about $28.2 billion, using the vetoed HB 1192 as a starting point and representing generally 92 percent (11 months) of that funding, with some exceptions. The amendment is linked below and additional detail and analysis will be provided as available.
House Committee Adopts Budget Amendment
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee adopted Amendment A04788 to HB 1460, containing a proposed FY 2015-2016 budget. This proposal is different than the budget approved by the Senate in SB 1073 on Monday. Links to the amendment and to HB 1460 are provided below. Additional detail and analysis will be shared as it becomes available.
Senate Approves FY 2015-2016 Budget Bill
Monday, December 7, 2015
On Sunday evening, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted amendment A04800 to SB 1073, containing a proposed budget for FY 2015-2016. The full Senate approved SB 1073 on Monday by a 43-7 vote. Links to the amendment and to SB 1073 are provided below. Additional detail and analysis will be shared as it becomes available.
CCAP Board Chair, ED Discuss Motion to Seek Legal Action on Budget Impasse on Smart Talk
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
CCAP Board Chair Jeff Haste and Executive Director Doug Hill joined Smart Talk, a daily live radio program on WITF, to discuss a motion approved by CCAP members Monday to seek legal action to end the state budget impasse. The recorded segment and full report are available at the link below.
DCED Commentary on Borrowing for Operating Expense
Thursday, November 19, 2015
With the end of counties’ fiscal year approaching, counties have raised questions on how to deal with their year-end TRANs and unfunded debt should the impasse extend into December. DCED has provided some commentary on local government borrowing for operating expenses, which is linked below.
CCAP President, Executive Director Discuss Impasse Impacts on Smart Talk
Friday, October 30, 2015
CCAP President Craig Lehman and Executive Director Doug Hill joined Smart Talk, a daily live radio program on WITF, to discuss how the state budget impasse is affecting counties. The recorded segment and full report are available at the link below.
WITF Report on County Impacts of Budget Impasse
Thursday, October 8, 2015
On October 7, WITF through their Keystone Crossroads project published a report, "Capitol recap: Can we predict vulnerability to the state budget impasse?" This report focuses on the impact of the state budget impasse to counties, including an analysis of state and federal funding received by each county. The report can be reviewed at the link below.
House Votes on Tax Plan
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Today, the House of Representatives voted 73-127 on amendment A03468 to HB 238, encompassing a broad-based tax package presented by Gov. Wolf. The amendment contained an increase in the personal income tax from 3.07 to 3.57 percent, a severance tax of 3.5 percent (plus 4.7 cents per Mcf) which leaves the current impact fee in place, and increases in school property tax rent rebates. The amendment is linked below.
House Approves Stopgap Budget
Friday, September 25, 2015
Yesterday, the House approved SB 1000, a stopgap budget for FY 2015-2016, by a 117-83 vote, and SB 1001, Fiscal Code amendments implementing the stopgap budget, by a 113-86 vote. A spreadsheet outlining the funding in line items with county impact, as compared to HB 1192 as vetoed, is linked below.
Senate Approves Stopgap Budget
Friday, September 18, 2015
The Senate has approved SB 1000, a stopgap budget for FY 2015-2016, and SB 1001, Fiscal Code amendments implementing the stopgap budget, on a 30-19 party line vote. The Senate Appropriations Committee has provided a spreadsheet outlining the provisions of SB 1000, which is linked below.
Senate to Move Stopgap Budget
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The Senate has introduced SB 1000, a stopgap budget for FY 2015-2016, and SB 1001, Fiscal Code amendments implementing the stopgap budget. The stopgap budget would total about $11 billion, using the vetoed HB 1192 as a starting point and representing generally one-third (four months) of that funding, with some exceptions. The bills are linked below and additional detail and analysis will be provided as available.
House Attempts Veto Overrides
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
On August 25, House Republican leadership attempted to override 20 of the line items in the vetoed HB 1192, all of which failed by a vote of 115-83 (a 2/3 majority is needed to override a veto), with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against. The full list of attempted veto overrides is below, courtesy of Gmerek Government Relations.
Child Welfare Budget Talking Points Available
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Several counties have received responses from their legislators explaining the child welfare rebalancing initiative that was in HB 1192 (vetoed by the Governor) and reintroduced as HB 1460. CCAP is providing talking points to assist counties in explaining the true impact of this initiative. The talking points are linked below and can also be found on the Legislative Action Center.
County Impacts of Budget Impasse
Thursday, July 30, 2015
As the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse continues, counties will face significant impacts. The state mandates counties to provide many human services, and delays in funding do not excuse them from providing those services. As delays drag on, counties draw from reserves, delay provider payments, curtail non-essential services, or borrow funds. Clients, providers, and taxpayers are impacted.
CCAP has created a web page to provide information about the impacts of the FY 2015-2016 budget impasse on counties, as well as resources for counties to contact their legislators. Please send any additional information on county impacts to PACountiesGR@pacounties.org.
House Introduces New Budget Vehicle
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
On July 21, House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Bill Adolph introduced HB 1460, which is expected to serve as a vehicle for a final budget agreement when it is reached. The bill as currently drafted is identical to HB 1192 as approved by the General Assembly in late June and vetoed by the Governor on June 30, and is not reflective of a comprehensive budget agreement at this time. Counties can refer to CCAP's budget analysis related to HB 1192 to reference the lines currently in HB 1460.
Updated FY 2015-2016 Talking Points & Sample Letter
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Reflecting the current status of the FY 2015-2016 commonwealth budget, updated Talking Points and a Human Services Budget Sample Letter are now posted to the Legislative Action Center, under the Commonwealth Budget header. Follow the link below.
Governor Vetoes Budget, Provides Impact on Funding to State Programs
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
On June 30, Gov. Wolf vetoed HB 1192, containing the FY 2015-2016 budget offered by House and Senate Republicans. The Governor’s veto message is attached. The administration also sent a letter to stakeholders outlining general information about the impact on funding for state programs until an appropriations bill is enacted, and has provided a list of frequently asked questions. That letter is also attached and the FAQs are linked below.
County Analysis of HB 1192 Line Items Available
Saturday, June 27, 2015
A spreadsheet comparing line items in the House/Senate Republican budget agreement (as found in HB 1192) with county impact to the current fiscal year is now available and linked below. Additional information will be included as it becomes available, and a separate narrative analysis is expected to be posted in the coming days.
House and Senate Republicans Announce FY 2015-2016 Budget
Friday, June 26, 2015
On June 26, House and Senate Republican leaders announced that they have a legislative budget agreement, which has been amended into HB 1192 by the House Appropriations Committee. An outline of the line items in the agreement has been provided by the General Assembly, and CCAP's spreadsheet and narrative analysis of county line items will be posted to this web page in the near future.
A final vote on HB 1192 is expected in the House on June 27 and in the Senate by June 30. Gov. Wolf has indicated his intent to veto this budget.
County Human Services Budget Advocacy
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Association's Legislative Action Center contains talking points and a sample letter that can be used to advocate county human services priorities in the FY 2015-2016 state budget. The materials highlight the importance of funding for human service line items and the benefits of county human service programs. These items can also be customized to outline the experiences of an individual county.
Budget Bills Introduced
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Governor's budget proposal has been introduced as HB 1125 and SB 810 by the Democratic chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, respectively. In addition, HB 1192 has been introduced, containing the enacted FY 2014-2015 budget lines, to serve as a vehicle to begin the legislative process. It is expected that floor amendments to HB 1192 will be considered in the House the week of June 1.
Independent Fiscal Office Releases Initial FY 2015-2016 Revenue Projections
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The state's Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) has released its initial revenue projections for FY 2015-2016, which the Office is required by statute to produce as an aid to the General Assembly’s budget deliberations. The IFO also released revised FY 2014-2015 revenue estimates, which are almost $600 million higher than the projection issued by the IFO at the beginning of the fiscal year, mostly due to unexpected revenue from the corporate net income tax and unclaimed property. For FY 2015-2016, revenues are projected to be $30.72 billion, a 0.6 percent increase. Relative to the Executive Budget presented in February, these projections are $374 million higher for FY 2014-2015 and $97 million higher for FY 2015-2016. These amounts exclude proposed statutory changes.
March 13 Commonwealth Budget Call Available
Monday, March 16, 2015
On March 13, CCAP hosted a conference call regarding the Governor's proposed FY 2015-2016 Commonwealth budget, including the proposed severance tax and changes to the personal income tax and sales tax. The call has been archived so members who were not able to participate can still hear the updates and discussion.
County FY 2015-2016 Budget Analysis
Friday, March 6, 2015
Following Governor Wolf's presentation of his FY 2015-2016 budget on Tuesday, CCAP has been reviewing the impact on line items impacting county government. An analysis is linked below, as well as a spreadsheet comparing proposed line items with county impact to the current fiscal year.
House and Senate Appropriations Committees Hold Budget Hearings
Friday, March 6, 2015
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be holding budget hearings with the heads of state agencies to discuss the Governor's FY 2015-2016 proposal beginning Monday, March 9. Links to the schedules of hearings are below, and the hearings can be viewed live on PCN.
Governor Wolf Unveils 2015-2016 Budget Proposal
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Today, Governor Wolf presented his FY 2015-2016 budget proposal. The provided link to the Office of the Budget contains copies of the executive budget, slide presentations and other details. Also linked below is a spreadsheet comparing proposed line items with county impact to the current fiscal year.
Commonwealth Budget Address - Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The House and Senate will convene in joint session next Tuesday, March 3, to hear the annual budget address which will preview Gov. Wolf’s proposed FY 2015-2016 budget. This is the formal kickoff to budget season. The joint session will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the Governor to begin his address shortly after. It is typically broadcast live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as through streaming video on a variety of web sites (listed below). Following the budget address, CCAP will be analyzing proposed funding levels. You will be able to find a spreadsheet on this webpage by the end of the day Tuesday with funding in the Governor’s proposed FY 2015-2016 budget. That spreadsheet will be updated throughout the week, and additional analysis will be provided in the March 6 issue of the Legislative Bulletin, as well as future issues of the Bulletin and the Update.