Credit: Commonwealth Media Services

PA Senate Sends Budget Bill To Governor Wolf

Wolf’s Spokesman Says He Supports It

June 22, 2018 - 2:57 pm

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - More than a week ahead of the deadline, the Pennsylvania Senate today passed and sent a budget bill to Governor Wolf for his signature.

Wolf’s spokesman says he supports it.

Last year the budget bill was passed on time but lawmakers and Governor Wolf labored for months to come up with a revenue package to fully fund it. Republican Pat Browne, the Appropriations chair, spoke just before the Senate gave final approval to this year’s budget bill…

“What a difference a year makes.”

Unlike last year, revenues this year are living up to projections.

Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, says in addition to more money for basic education and school safety, there is also an increase for higher education…

“Lincoln University, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, our community colleges and of course our state system universities.” Said Hughes

The budget also makes a modest deposit into a “rainy day” fund.