Moving along the road to recovery: A glance at Pennsylvania’s FY 2013 budget

Deltek Analyst Aila Altman reports.

With a focus on turning the “road to recovery into the path to prosperity,” Pennsylvania Governor Tim Corbett introduced his proposed FY 2013 budget on February 7. Continuing efforts to decrease spending, this year’s budget cuts $20 million in general funding compared to FY 2012.

Core objectives of this year’s budget include streamlining government administration and operations; job creation; supporting human services; and enhancing education. These goals will be accomplished through the consolidation of departments; the rollout of Jobs First PA, a four-program initiative to improve the state’s employee market; enhanced program integrity efforts for welfare programs; and implementing performance measurement tools for all parties involved in providing basic education (preK-12).
Spending increases can be seen in the basic education, higher education, justice/public safety and public finance verticals, ranging from 0.30 percent to 37.52 percent. Health care, social services, transportation, economic development/regulation, natural resources/environment, general government and homeland security verticals will experience decreases ranging from 0.11 percent to nearly 7 percent. More drastic changes can be seen in information technology spending, in which every vertical will see a decrease in spending, ranging from less than 1 percent in homeland security to almost 71 percent in health care.
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