In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition. The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections. That news alone is fueling requests from a legion of lobbyists with pet projects, but the momentary surplus has not necessarily changed views from the outside that Pennsylvania is a state with tall fiscal challenges. “They’re not surprising to anybody,” said Montgomery County Rep. Matt Bradford, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. “I think anybody who knows the numbers knows the challenges are there.” With the new fiscal year starting July 1, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are drafting a counterproposal to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s February proposal for $34.1 billion budget plan.
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By marc levy
june 16, 2019