Revenue Leads to Budget Concerns
HARRISBURG (AP) — Facing a substantial revenue shortfall, lawmakers are pressing their
ideas to raise taxes or cut costs.
April tax collections remained well behind projections Wednesday with one day
to go in the important revenue month.
officials say the shortfall was $477 million. That compounds a deficit that was
about $170 million on April 1.
Senate's top Democrat, Jay Costa, made the case on the chamber's floor for
ideas the caucus says could save more than $1 billion. Those include expanding
Medicaid under the 2010 federal health care law and privatizing the management
of Medicaid-funded nursing home care.
County Republican Rep. Gene DiGirolamo says he wants to tax the booming natural
gas industry and smokeless tobacco.