Pennsylvania has recently found itself in limbo with our state budget and future deficit problems. There has been various proposals on how to make up revenue to balance the state budget, as well as secure the future of the state. In the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year budget, there was an impasse that impacted thousands of nonprofits throughout the commonwealth. United Way of Pennsylvania, along with other organizations, took a survey of how the impasse impacted the nonprofit sector. From this survey, 60 percent of respondents needed to secure a loan to cover their expenses and 28 percent expected to curtail services by August. State government relies on these nonprofits to deliver services to Pennsylvanians and every budget impasse is devastating to the service delivery system. Not only are these disruptions due to state funding being delayed, but also federal funds not passing through the state during an impasse.
(1) If elected Governor, would you support amendments to state law which protect Pennsylvania’s service recipients and service providers by assuring that federal dollars allocated to the Commonwealth, and state dollars for essential services that directly impact the health and safety of Pennsylvanians, continue to be paid during a budget impasse? What steps would you take to work with the legislature to avoid a state budget impasse?