2020 Budget

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At a public hearing on Pittsburgh’s proposed budget for 2020, dozens of residents called on city officials to show how its spending supports the values of equity and inclusion.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released preliminary operating and capital budgets for 2020 on Tuesday. The operating budget envisions spending an estimated $605 million next year. That's about 5 percent higher than the year before, with larger percentage hikes in the public safety spending, with the budget rising from $105 million to $115 million for police, and a hike from $76 million to $87 million for fire. 

Tim McNulty from Mayor Bill Peduto's office said the increases are largely due to a "calendar quirk." 

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A conservative think tank is renewing one of its annual traditions: calling out state lawmakers for stashing money in the budget for municipal projects.

Pennsylvania Touts Stronger Fiscal Health, But Clouds Loom

Jul 9, 2019
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Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania is making its largest deposit into its budgetary reserve account in nearly two decades.

Gov. Wolf To Sign $34B 'Divided Government' Budget

Jun 28, 2019
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Gov. Tom Wolf prepared Friday to sign a $34 billion compromise budget after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats.

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Highlights of the spending package advancing in the state Legislature for Pennsylvania state government's 2019-20 fiscal year starting July 1, as well as the fate of key initiatives proposed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf:

Budget Brinksmanship Leaves Last-Minute Bills In Doubt

Jun 27, 2019
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Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Legislature have inserted some pet policy objectives into hundreds of pages of just-unveiled legislation with the annual budget deadline days away, forcing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to make hard choices.

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The state House passed the main spending bill for its proposed budget Tuesday afternoon—a major step toward getting a plan finalized by the June 30 deadline.

Groups Criticize State Budget Shifting $10M From Environmental Fund

Jun 26, 2019
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A coalition of sixteen environmental groups sent an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators Tuesday decrying the transfer of approximately $10 million out of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Stewardship Fund in this year’s state budget.

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At least one of the Governor Tom Wolf’s funding requests is being denied in this year’s budget.

Republican leaders are officially telling him they see no reason to put state money toward turnout efforts for next year’s census. 

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House Republicans have begun moving the main spending bill for next year’s state budget, and it seems likely the Senate and governor will support it.

The plan passed the chamber’s appropriations committee with minimal debate Monday, setting the stage for what leaders hope will be a smooth final week of negotiations.

The budget is due before the fiscal year ends July 1.

The $33.99 billion general appropriations bill increases basic K-12 education spending by $160 million. Governor Tom Wolf had initially asked for $200 million.

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House Republicans hope to make it a little more difficult for the state to spend more than the money included in its official budget.

They’ve passed a slate of five bills intended to do just that—but Gov. Tom Wolf is already indicating he won’t sign them.

One of the bills would have the administration freeze money in reserves to prep for projected shortfalls. Another would track off-budget grants, two would compel the governor to give the legislature more information, and one would detail how the administration should handle unspent money.