News Date: Monday, July 10, 2023
Five days after the June 30 deadline, the Pennsylvania House approved the Senate-amended HB 611, the FY 2023-2024 state budget appropriations legislation. The $45.5 billion spending plan represents a $1.4 billion, or 3.2%, increase over the FY 2022-2023 budget. However, due to an impasse between the two chambers related to lifeline scholarships, the final budget has not to date been forwarded to Gov. Shapiro for his approval. Additionally, the various code bills, which typically supplement the appropriations language to more specifically prescribe how the appropriations are to be spent or dedicated to various programs, have yet to be considered as well.