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Senate Passes Interim 2020-21 State Budget

The state Senate passed a $25.8 billion interim state budget on Thursday (May 28), which funds all state agencies and services for the next five months while lawmakers get a clearer picture of the state’s financial position. This interim budget provides funding to ensure our communities and citizens have access to vital programs and services over the next five months, while we develop a better understanding of the impacts the COVID-19 health crisis has had on the state’s economy and revenues.

While most agencies and services are funded for five months, several line items are funded for the full year, including debt service and pension obligations, food support programs and all levels of education from pre-kindergarten through college.

This interim five-month budget is the responsible approach to have taken given the still-to-be-determined financial implications the Commonwealth, businesses and individuals are facing due to the COVID-19 health crisis and the governor’s stay-at-home order that limited business activity and state revenues and saw unemployment numbers reach heights never before seen in Pennsylvania history.

To budget for a full year at this time without any ability to forecast revenue projections or to compare to similar previous experiences – since there are none – would be irresponsible and would potentially increase greatly the state’s financial imbalance for years to come.

Senator Browne Speaks on the Senate Floor in Support of Interim Budget

Senator Browne Speaking

I spoke on the floor this week in support of and urged the passage of the $25.8 billion interim budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21. This interim budget, which can be view HERE, was passed by an overwhelming bipartisan Senate majority.

You can watch my floor comments HERE.

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