Harrisburg Highlights Week of February 7, 2022

Dear Friends,

This week, Harrisburg was buzzing with budget fever as the House and Senate were both in session to hear Governor Wolf give his eighth and final Budget Address to a joint session of the Legislature.  More on that in a bit, as that was not the only thing going on in the State Capitol this week.

First in anticipation of the Budget Address and analysis, the Senate Calendars were relatively light.  Among the bills passed by the Senate this week were:

  • Senate Bill 327 (J. Ward) – Reporting of COVID-19 Deaths to Coroners
  • House Resolution 173 (Boback) – Resolution extending the disaster emergency declared in response to the Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse
  • House Bill 232 (Mustello) – Allowing School Districts to Change their Names
  • Senate Bill 739 (Stefano) – Fire and Emergency Medical Services Loan Program and COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

As far as the Governor’s Budget proposal, his tone deaf ideas regarding our current and future fiscal positions are just mind-boggling.  His proposal hinges on the use of Federal ARPA dollars allocated to Pennsylvania, but ignores the fact that spending all of that money now when his projections, our projections, and the Independent Fiscal Office’s projections all show a significant structural imbalance in the out years.  More on that from the Senate Leaders here.

For my statement and thoughts on this fantasy proposal can be found on my website.

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CONTACT: Lidia Di Fiore  ldifiore@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388