PA lawmakers prepare to pass a five-month budget

Written by on May 27, 2020

PA lawmakers prepare to pass a five-month budget

By Ed Mahon, PA Post

May 27, 2020

The coronavirus and business closures have cost the state so much money and created so much uncertainty that lawmakers in Harrisburg say they can’t approve a full spending plan for the year.

So they are breaking with tradition and preparing to pass a five-month budget instead, PA Post’s Ed Mahon reports, that means they could face some tough choices in November.

Some areas would be fully funded for the year, including many line items for schools.

But Democratic Representative Matt Bradford of Montgomery County warns that other areas face uncertainty, including billions of dollars for the Department of Human Services.

“It leaves one huge cliff on the back end of this budget, and we need to be sober in the reality of the challenge before us,” said Bradford.

Bradford says lawmakers will also need to come up with a way to fund 300 million dollars for property tax relief.

The state is missing that money because the coronavirus led to less tax revenue from casinos.

The main spending plan passed out of the House with all Democrats voting against it. The legislation now moves to the state Senate, which is expected to pass it by the end of the week.

Overall, the plan would spend nearly 26 billion dollars.


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