Feb. 10, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Budget Proposal is a Realistic Starting Point
The annual state budget process got underway this week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.

The $32.3 billion proposal is balanced without any broad-based tax increases and includes several initiatives aimed at reducing spending and improving efficiencies by consolidating some state agencies. The administration estimates this could save the Commonwealth about $2 billion.

House Republicans are committed to a “restart” of state government, focusing on funding programs and services that work, rooting out waste and reining in overall state spending. We are equally committed to responsibly funding the core functions of government, including education, transportation and human services, while helping to make the state more attractive to job creators.

Budget hearings in the House begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21. More information can be found here
Economic Outlook
The latest numbers are in. The Commonwealth’s General Fund revenue collections for January were $2.64 billion, which was $50 million less than expected. For the 2016-17 Fiscal Year, General Fund collections of $16.1 billion are below the official estimate by $417 million.

Learn more in our Economic Brief
Forum on PA’s Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Later this month, I will be co-hosting a public discussion with U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta on Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The forum will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building at Shippensburg University.

Our panelists include health care professionals and law enforcement officials who will speak about the extent of the drug crisis in our communities and the efforts underway to resolve it. You are encouraged to attend this important event and learn how you can be part of the solution. 
FFA Week in Pennsylvania 
These fine young people are the FFA state officers and they came to the Capitol on Wednesday to witness the unanimous adoption of my resolution establishing Feb. 18-24 as “FFA Week” in Pennsylvania. They were also introduced on the House floor by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny). You can read House Resolution 67 here