As we reported yesterday, Governor Rendell and legislative leaders reached agreement on a 2010-11 state budget yesterday that includes millions in cuts to health and human services, early childhood programs, agricultural programs, environmental protection, libraries and state parks. The state Senate has already approved it, and the House is expected to do the same today.
PBPC has done a preliminary review of budget line items provided by the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee. According to the committee, state General Fund spending in 2010-11 is set at $28.043 billion, an increase of less than 1% from the current year. This is slightly lower than the $28.052 billion spending figure the Governor announced on Tuesday.
Despite the slight overall spending increase, the budget contains many cuts to offset rising mandated expenditures. Governor Rendell has said budget cuts will require 1,000 state employee layoffs.
Want to learn more? Click here for a brief budget overview, highlighting mostly cuts and a few increases in funding levels for education, health and human services, corrections, environmental protection, economic and community development, conservation and agriculture.
View a table detailing spending levels by state agency.
You can also access more detailed tables on funding for education, health care, economic development, workforce training, conservation, corrections, environmental protection, the arts, and more.