Pennsylvania Budget for Smarties

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Five Fiscal Facts about the Pennsylvania state budget you might have missed:

  • The total state operating budget is $64 billion…and will be reduced for the first time in at least 40 years.
  • While adults employed in public schools complain education is being cut to the bone, school districts have amassed $3 billion in reserves thanks to dramatic increases in state aid and property taxes.
  • Lawmakers passed legislation to give voters a greater say in school tax increases, moving Pennsylvania closer to the controls taxpayers in every other state benefit from.
  • There is no “surplus”. State government is not paying all its bills, including passing off payments for pensions onto our children.
  • Pennsylvania will soon become the 37th state in the nation to put all state government spending online.