2017-18 State Budget

Governor Wolf has taken a different approach in his two years as governor. And this year’s budget represents a responsible solution to our commonwealth’s deficit challenge – and a different approach from the way things have been done in Harrisburg for almost a generation.

Budget News

Hughes: Legislation Addresses ‘Stop-and-Go’ Liquor, Fixes City AVI

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement on the passage of legislation that addresses problematic “stop and go” liquor businesses.  The measure also establishes a fix for the city’s Actual Value...

Sen. Hughes Comments on Pennsylvania’s Credit Downgrade

HARRISBURG, September 20, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Pennsylvania’s credit rating downgrade by S&P Global Ratings due to a failure...

Sen. Hughes Comments on Senate Passage of State Budget Revenue Package

HARRISBURG, July 28, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a package of revenue bills needed to fund the 2017-18 state budget. “This revenue package, though imperfect, represents a bipartisan compromise among four...

Lawmakers Highlight Need to End Budget Impasse, Fund State-Related Universities 

PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2017  — As Pennsylvania prepares to enter a fourth week without a state budget revenue package, a budget bill that funds the five state-related universities has become embroiled in the state budget funding standoff. State lawmakers today...

Hughes: ‘Austere’ Budget Takes Steps to Move PA Forward

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate today approved a $31.99 billion state budget plan that, although austere, will move Pennsylvania forward, according to state Sen. Vincent Hughes, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This...

Hughes: Governor’s Budget Plan Invests in Jobs, Working Families

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) who serves as Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget invests in jobs and working families and is a good fiscal blueprint to...

Budget Hearing Schedule 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:00 am –Treasury Department
1:00 pm –  Independent Fiscal Office

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00 am – Department of State
1:00 pm – Auditor General
3:00 pm – Attorney General

Thursday, February 23, 2017
10:00 am – PA State System of Higher Education
1:00 pm – State Police/Homeland Security

Monday, February 27, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Agriculture
1:00 pm – Department of General Services
3:00 pm – Department of Transportation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Labor & Industry
1:00 pm – Judiciary

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
1:00 pm – State Related Universities
3:00 pm –  Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Thursday, March 2, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Corrections/Board of Probation and Parole
1:00 pm – PA Liquor Control Board
3:00 pm – PA Emergency Management Agency/Fire Commissioner

Monday, March 6, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Community & Economic Development
1:00 pm – Department of Revenue/Lottery
3:30 pm – PA Historical & Museum Comm.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Education

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Health & Human Services

Thursday, March 9, 2017
10:00 am – Department of Environmental Protection
1:00 pm – Budget Secretary/Sec. of Admin./Gov’s Executive Office

Friday, March 10, 2017
10:00 am – Budget Secretary/Sec. of Admin./Gov’s Executive Office