2016 Budget Hearings Q&A
Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions
February 7, 2017
Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention
June 29, 2016
The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
June 1, 2016
Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing - June 6, 2016
April 8, 2016
Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Gov. Wolf’s Call For Massive Increases in State Taxes, Spending
February 9, 2016
Senate Republican leaders offered the following reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today. His plan would increase taxes on state residents and job-creators by $3.6 billion and spending by $2.45 billion.
February 5, 2016
December 8, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne comments on the budget passed by the Senate that includes cost-cutting reform and historic funding for education without the need for the massive tax increases originally proposed by Governor Wolf.[...Read more]
December 8, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne outlines landmark public pension reform passed by the Senate requiring new state and school employees to enroll in a combined traditional pension and a 401(k)-type benefit as used in the private sector.[...Read more]
Senate Votes to Release $1 Billion in Withheld Payments to Schools, Critical Funding for Social Service Agencies
September 18, 2015
In passing an $11.2 billion temporary state funding plan, the state Senate today voted to send tax dollars being collected by the state back to communities, including $1 billion in missed payments to schools and hundreds of millions of dollars to social services agencies.[...Read more]
Republican Legislative Leaders Unveil Substantial Increases in Education Funding as part of 2015-16 Budget Plan
June 26, 2015
Senate and House Republican leadership today unveiled the 2015-16 budget plan that adds considerable funding to education without adding to the tax burden of Pennsylvania families.
June 18, 2015
The Basic Education Funding Commission recommended today (June 18th) that the General Assembly adopt a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to a statement from the members of the Commission.
Basic Education Funding Commission - Final Report[...Read more]
June 16, 2015
The Basic Education Funding Commission, Co-Chaired by Senator Pat Browne (R-16 Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-150 Montgomery), will meet on Thursday, June 18th at 10 a.m. to consider recommendations and a funding formula and release its report to the General Assembly and the public.
Senate Leaders Applaud Passage of Sweeping Pension Restructuring Plan Projected to Save $18.3 Billion
May 13, 2015
A significant plan to reform Pennsylvania’s costly state pension systems was approved today by the Senate by a vote of 28 to 19, according to Senate Republican Leaders.
March 4, 2015
Senator Browne highlights some of the problems with the numbers in Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget.
February 23, 2015
Annual Meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission
January 7, 2015
State Senator Pat Browne, R-16, accompanied by his family and staff as well as all members of the Senate and House of Representatives who were elected last November, took the oath of office in the State Capitol today (January 6). With his re-election, Senator Browne begins his fourth term in the Senate.
September 10, 2014
Basic Education Funding Commission - September 9, 2014
August 20, 2014
Basic Education Funding Commission - August 20, 2014
July 24, 2014
The Basic Education Funding Commission held its inaugural and organizational meeting today (July 24) and is now ready to begin its work developing an adequate and fair system for distributing state money to local school districts, according to Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).