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From Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest

This [Saturday] evening, Senate and House Republicans and Gov. Corbett announced they reached agreement on a $28.3 billion state spending plan, slightly less than the Governor’s $28.4 billion proposed budget.  The agreed-to budget represents a 2.3 percent increase in spending over the current year budget.

House Bill 1437 (Adolph-R- Delaware) was then amended with the new FY 2013-14 General Fund budget and reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The full Senate expects to take up the measure tomorrow first thing (11:00 a.m.).  The House is expected to vote Sunday evening, just making the June 30 midnight deadline.

For its part, the House did not take up the transportation funding bill– Senate Bill 1 (Rafferty-R- Montgomery)– as expected, waiting, it was reported, for the Senate to take up the liquor privatization bill– House Bill 790(Turzai-R-Allegheny).

There was no action on the liquor privatization bill in the Senate today.

The Senate Appropriations Committee did report out legislation– House Bill 1075 (Moul-R-Adams)– directing the Governor to enter into an agreement to expand Medicaid (among other changes to the Welfare Code) which was a major priority of Senate and House Democrats.

House Republicans vow to prevent any floor vote on the bill if it returns to the House for concurrence.

Meanwhile, pension reform is still nowhere.

There is no word yet on budget-related changes to the Tax Code, Fiscal Code or Education Code.

Click Here for the agency-by-agency budget spreadsheet which compares current year funding, the Governor’s request and the agreed-to budget numbers.  Some highlights include–


Community College – $212.1 million (same as last year)

Community College Capital Fund- $48.8 million ($1 million more than last year)

Regional Community Colleges- $1.2 million (same as last year)

Community Education Councils- $2.3 million ($500,000 more than last year)


Rail Freight Assistance- $5.7 million cut from last year (drilling fees fund this program)

Rail Freight and Intermodal Coordination- $868,000 ($13,000 more than last year)


Overall- $8.1 million more than last year

Supreme Court- $1.3 million more than last year

Superior- $792,000 more than last year

Commonwealth- $482,000 more than last year

Attorney General- $9.1 million more than last year

Auditor General- $2.3 million more than last year

State Treasurer- $476,000 more than last year in office operations

General Assembly- Overall- $4.1 million more than last year


Senate Committee Moves $28.4 Billion Budget Bill

Corbett Agenda Down To House Democrats

Lawmakers Risk Missing State Budget Deadline

House Fails To Take Up Transportation Bill

Click Here for the June 29 PA Capitol Digest


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