House Poised to Approve Budget Bill
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to send SB1073, the General Appropriations spending bill, to the Senate today. The new budget bill authorizes important spending for all state programs – although SB1073 authorizes $31.55 billion in spending, the House will send the bill to the Senate without the requisite revenue to produce a balanced budget.
Highlights of the new budget plan includes:
- $200 million of additional funding for basic education;
- $30 million more for early childhood education;
- $20 million more for special education;
- $10 million more for early intervention services;
- Flat funding for Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University;
- $15 million for the opioid crisis;
- $5 million for “emergency addiction treatment through DDAP”;
- $10 million for “behavioral health services” through DHS;
- $80.4 million more is appropriated to reduce the waiting list; and
- $31.2 million in additional funds devoted to services to persons with a disability.
According to Appropriations Chair Bill Adolph (R – Delaware), the proposed spending would be paid for by a mix of revenue sources: increased and new taxes on smoking related products ($480 million), additional revenue from the gaming expansion bill that still awaits a final vote in the House ($267 million), tax amnesty revenue ($129 million), the funds already projected from the recently enacted liquor bill, and $50 million from a license fee for a Philadelphia casino.
For members’ convenience, please see the summary of the House Republican budget proposal created by RCPA. Contact Jack Phillips with any questions.