Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Reminder Of What’s In The FY 2016-17 State Budget For The Environment: Nothing Much

On June 30, the last day of the FY 2015-16 Fiscal Year, the House and Senate passed a $31.52 billion General Fund budget bill--  Senate Bill 1073 (Browne-R-Lehigh)-- and Gov. Wolf allowed it to become law without his signature at midnight on July 11.
The bill increases higher education line items by 2.5 percent and funding for Community Colleges to $232,111,000 from the $226,450,000 the House had in its version of the budget.
The budget numbers for DEP and DCNR are about the same as the House.  The Senate did increase the Heritage Parks Program line-item to $2.8 million from the $2.25 million the House approved.
The budget bill also includes an increase in DCNR’s in-lieu of tax payments for State Forest land.
Click Here for a spreadsheet from Senate Republicans showing differences between FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17 Senate-passed budget.  Click Here for a Senate Fiscal Note and summary.   Click Here for a narrative summary by the House Democratic Appropriations Committee staff.
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