A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

The Bar Association’s lobbyist, Tony Crisci, reported on the Governor’s proposed 2012-2013 budget, at today’s meeting of the Legislative Liaison Committee.

The House will be in session next week. The Senate will not be in session. The House has 37 session days until the end of June. The Senate has 33 session days until the end of June by which time the budget must be passed.

The State Budget Secretary estimates that the budget deficit by the end of June will be at least $700 million.

The new budget is based on a projected 4.7 per cent increase in revenues.

The money actually available for Legal Services will be reduced by 10 per cent (about $550,000) from the 2011-2012 budget.

Funding for the Judiciary and Corrections is the same as the current fiscal year.

The General Assembly will conduct three to four weeks of public hearings, where each Secretary will have to justify the budget cuts.

At the Legislative Liaison Committee it was announced that the public hearings on the bills for merit selection of appellate judges will be March 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The hearings have been moved to the Constitution Center.

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