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Harrisburg Lawmakers Finalize Current State Budget

November 20, 2020

The Pennsylvania General Assembly today sent Governor Wolf a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year 2020–2021 budget. During May of this year, lawmakers enacted an interim state budget that funded government programs for five months and fully funded education. Lawmakers convened a lame-duck session in Harrisburg this week to enact a spending plan before the November 30 budget deadline. November 30 also marks the end of the current two-year legislative session.

Governor Wolf is expected to sign the budget as passed.

While the $35.5 finalized state spending plan utilizes remaining $1.3 billion in federal CARES Act dollars to cover COVID-19-related expenses within government, it also supports the hospital community’s key budget priorities. The budget plan fully funds Medicaid supplemental budget lines for trauma centers, burn centers, obstetric and neonatal intensive care units, and critical access hospitals.

As COVID-19 continues to create uncertainty for communities, this, in turn, creates uncertainty for the commonwealth’s finances. While revenues slightly improved over the summer months, the state still is projected to face a $4 billion deficit as policymakers turn their attention to addressing the 2021-2022 budget.

For more information, contact Warren Kampf, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs, or Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.