Department of Revenue Summary of Tax Code Changes
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The PA Department of Revenue has provided a summary of changes to the Tax Reform Code under Act 84 of 2016, adopted along with the FY 2016-2017 budget. The summary includes a list of new and amended tax credits and is linked below.
County Budget Analysis Available
Thursday, July 14, 2016
CCAP has completed an analysis of the final FY 2016-2017 budget that became law on July 11, including a summary of other related amendments to the Human Services Code, Fiscal Code and Tax Reform Code. Additional details on the impact to county government can be found at the link below.
Remaining Budget Bills Signed Into Law
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This afternoon, the General Assembly approved a revenue package, amended into HB 1198, and amendments to the Fiscal Code in HB 1605, which have been signed into law to finish the FY 2016-2017 budget process. Of note for counties, HB 1198 includes an additional $5 million for the state farmland preservation program, while HB 1605 contains an increase in the payment in lieu of taxes (from $1.20 to $2.00 per acre) for local governments with state park and forest lands within their borders.
Links to both bills can be found below.
FY 2016-2017 Becomes Law Without Governor's Signature
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
On July 11, SB 1073, containing language outlining the FY 2016-2017 budget, became law without the Governor's signature as discussions continue on revenue bills. CCAP's spreadsheet analysis of impact to county line items can be found on the right side of this page, or linked below.
Senate Amends FY 2016-2017 Budget in SB 1073
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Following the approval of the House on Tuesday of SB 1073, containing language outlining a FY 2016-2017 budget, the Senate amended SB 1073 on Wednesday. The Senate amendment, which was approved 47-3, provides a $31.53 billion budget compared to the $31.55 budget offered by the House. CCAP has updated its spreadsheet analysis to reflect changes proposed by the Senate to county line items, linked below.
County Budget Analysis for SB 1073 Amendment
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Following the amendment of SB 1073 with a FY 2016-2017 budget on Monday, 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.
House Amends Budget Bill
Monday, June 27, 2016
On Monday evening, the House Appropriations Committee amended SB 1073 with a $31.55 billion budget plan for FY 2016-2017. CCAP will be providing additional details and analysis here on the Budget News and Updates page as they become available.
CCAP Budget Editorial Receives Statewide Media Attention
Friday, June 17, 2016
CCAP's editorial on the impacts of the budget impasse, calling for a timely FY 2016-2017 budget that adequately funds county human services programs, has been published in several media outlets. In addition, the Times Leader issued its own editorial echoing CCAP's call on June 11.
CCAP Releases FY 2015-2016 Report on Impasse Impacts
Thursday, June 9, 2016
CCAP has been conducting an in-depth survey and interviews with counties to gain a better understanding of the impacts of the FY 2015-2016 state budget impasse. Linked below is the final report outlining in detail the difficulties counties faced in fiscal and administrative matters as they worked to ensure residents were able to continue to receive critical services.
FY 2016-2017 Budget Talking Points Available
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Association's Legislative Action Center contains talking points that can be used to advocate county human services priorities in the FY 2016-2017 state budget. The talking points highlight the need for a timely completion of the state budget that provides appropriate levels of funding for county human services programs. Both the talking points and a fact sheet on counties' budget and human services funding priority are linked below.
CCAP Releases Summary of FY 2015-2016 Impasse Impacts
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The difficult circumstances of the six month state budget impasse in FY 2015-2016 brought counties to the crisis point in fiscal and administrative matters. Another impasse will create an even worse situation regarding providing critical services to residents. CCAP has been conducting a survey of counties to determine the costs to counties of that impasse, and a summary of the impacts can be found at the link below.
FY 2015-2016 Fiscal Code Bill Becomes Law Without Governor's Signature
Monday, April 25, 2016
On April 25, HB 1589, containing amendments to the Fiscal Code to implement the FY 2015-2016 state budget, became law as Act 25 of 2016 without the Governor's signature. The amendments include language to assure that counties would still get their fourth quarter payment for C&Y in the event of another budget impasse under the rebalancing initiative.
FY 2016-2017 Budget Vehicle Begins Legislative Process
Thursday, April 14, 2016
On April 13, House Appropriations Chair Rep. Bill Adolph introduced HB 1999, a vehicle for the FY 2016-2017 process. While the bill currently contains the FY 2015-2016 appropriations as a placeholder, the introduction of a bill allows the General Assembly to begin procedural moves while negotiations continue. HB 1999 has been reported by the House Appropriations Committee and may receive further consideration when the House returns to session the week of May 2.
General Assembly Sends Fiscal Code Bill to Governor
Thursday, April 14, 2016
This week, the Senate and House approved HB 1589 with amendments to the Fiscal Code to implement the FY 2015-2016 state budget. The amendments contain much of the language from the vetoed HB 1327, including needed language to assure that counties would still get their fourth quarter payment for C&Y in the event of another budget impasse under the rebalancing initiative. The Governor has until April 24 to sign the bill into law, veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature.
New Fiscal Code Bill Before General Assembly
Thursday, April 7, 2016
This week, the House of Representatives amended HB 1589 with amendments to the Fiscal Code to implement the FY 2015-2016 state budget. The amendments contain much of the language from the vetoed HB 1327, including needed language to assure that counties would still get their fourth quarter payment for C&Y in the event of another budget impasse under the rebalancing initiative. HB 1589 was approved by the House yesterday and now goes to the Senate for consideration.