State Budget

The PA Chamber advocates for responsible state budgets that make wise investments and set the Commonwealth on a path toward fiscal prosperity. This largely means battling back against excessive mandates and tax increases on the employer community, enabling them to invest, hire and grow.

While Awaiting More Details on 2020-21 Fiscal Situation, Lawmakers and Governor Wolf Agree to Five Month, Stopgap Budget

Pennsylvania’s economy was strong and performing above expectations before the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a grinding halt. Even as the state slowly emerges from this crisis through a gradual, county-by-county re-opening process, the full impact of several weeks of business closures on our economy remains to be seen.

In recognizing this unprecedented situation, at the end of May the legislature passed and Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed H.B. 2387 – a $25.1 billion General Appropriations bill that continues current levels of funding for the full fiscal year for a handful of state-run programs – including education; mandated human services programs (namely, food security programs); state pension payment plans and the state’s debt service.

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Economic policy disputes divide Harrisburg

Economic policy disputes divide Harrisburg

Feb 15, 2020 | Meadville Tribune

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PA Chamber Applauds Wolf Budget Proposal’s Focus on Bipartisan Workforce Efforts; Encourages Pro-Growth Initiatives that Will Improve the Economy

PA Chamber Applauds Wolf Budget Proposal’s Focus on Bipartisan Workforce Efforts; Encourages Pro-Growth Initiatives that Will Improve the Economy

Feb 4, 2020 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regard to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget address:

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Pa. budget prioritizes citizens and businesses

Pa. budget prioritizes citizens and businesses

Jul 21, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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10 key elements in the Pa. state budget package

10 key elements in the Pa. state budget package

Jun 29, 2019 | PennLive

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PA Chamber Applauds Passage of On-Time Budget, Urges Lawmakers to Build on Positive Economic Momentum with Pro-Growth Policies

PA Chamber Applauds Passage of On-Time Budget, Urges Lawmakers to Build on Positive Economic Momentum with Pro-Growth Policies

Jun 28, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recently finalized 2019-20 state budget:

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