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Wolf Proposes His Fiscal 2018-19 State Budget

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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BudgetHARRISBURG – On February 6, Governor Wolf announced his fiscal 2018-19 budget for Pennsylvania. The overall General Fund budget spends $32.9 billion, an increase of $989.8 million, or 3.1 percent over the prior year. The Governor has proposed no general tax increases.

Items that Affect Green Industry

Looking more closely at line items that affect Pennsylvania’s green industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is proposed to receive an increase of $2.6 million in its general government operations budget, an increase of 8.5% over this fiscal year. This will allow PDA to maintain current staffing levels and add a few positions.

Programs Zeroed-Out

Certain line items that fund specific programs administered by PDA were “zeroed out” by the Governor. Those programs that the Governor has prosed receiving no funds in the next fiscal year are: Agricultural Excellence, Agricultural Research, Agricultural Promotion, Education and Exports, Hardwoods Research and Promotion, Livestock Show, Open Dairy Show, and Food Marketing and Research. Combined, cutting these programs will save $3.8 million.

PSU Extension-Research Flat-Funded

The Governor has recommended that Penn State Extension and Research be funded at the same level as this current fiscal year, $52.3 million.

We are hoping that this year’s budget goes more smoothly than the last two. The fact that this is an election year may create some incentive for the Governor and legislators to get the job done on time.

For more information on the Governor’s budget click here.

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