Senate Appropriations Committee Report
(all tables and graphics can be viewed online)
February Revenue Collections Solid
General Fund revenue collections for February were $90.5 million above the estimate for the month. Gross receipts tax (GRT), which is generally due in March, was over estimate by $38.5 million in February. There is a strong probability the monthly GRT surplus is from revenues that are included in the March estimate; therefore, it is likely this timing difference will result in lower revenues than would otherwise be received later this month. Consequently, a truer picture for February might be that revenues were closer to $50 million, rather than $90 million, above the monthly estimate.
General Fund tax revenue was $101.8 million above the estimate, but non-tax revenue was $11.3 million below the estimate. General Fund revenue collections for the fiscal year-to-date are $249.1 million ahead of estimate. The Governor’s FY 2020-21 Executive Budget projects that FY 2019-20 General Fund revenue collections will exceed the Official Revenue Estimate by $200 million at fiscal year’s end.
February 2020 General Fund Revenue vs. Monthly Estimate:
Fiscal Year 2019-20 vs. the Official Revenue Estimate To-Date:
Fiscal Year 2019-20 vs. Fiscal Year 2018-19:
Motor License Fund:
Spring into Pennsylvania History
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) oversees the State Historic Preservation Office, The State Archives and Museum, the State Records Center and the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the latter of which manages the Commonwealth’s historic sites and museums that are commonly referred to as the Pennsylvania History Trail. PHMC is governed by a commission consisting of nine residents of the Commonwealth appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, six legislative appointees and the Secretary of Education. The FY 2019-20 General Fund budget includes a $21.6 million appropriation to support the commission’s operations. The Pennsylvania History Trail map shows the Commonwealth’s various historic sites and museums.
Significant Decreases in Number of Individuals Receiving Public Assistance
Included within the Governor’s Executive Budget is a chart of Program Measures for the Income Maintenance Programs in the Department of Human Services. The chart presents the number of individuals who received services from Fiscal Year 2014-15 to a projection of those receiving services in 2020-21 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The TANF program provides state and federal funds for temporary cash support for families in transition to self-sufficiency. TANF cash assistance is provided for a limited time to people who meet income and resource guidelines and who comply with work activity requirements. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides aged, blind, and disabled persons with a monthly payment based on nationally uniform eligibility standards. SNAP is federally funded and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to assist low-income recipients in buying food. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that assists eligible households by providing funds to offset the burden of high energy costs. LIHEAP also provides funds in heating crisis situations, arranges and pays for emergency deliveries, expedites payments to avoid utility shut offs, and provides furnace repairs through other agencies.
Comparing Fiscal Years 2014-15 to 2020-21, Pennsylvania is seeing a downward trend for all of these measures. The largest numerical decrease was in the individuals receiving SNAP benefits category at 128,612 individuals, which is a 7% decrease. The largest percentage decrease was 47% for persons receiving cash assistance category.
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