The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

July 1, 2013

Highlights of the new state budget

HARRISBURG - Highlights of the 2013-14 spending plan that was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

THE BIG PICTURE:

— Increases overall state spending by 2.6 percent to nearly $28.4 billion from last year's approved budget.

— Raises approximately $28.4 billion through taxes, fees and other revenue sources.

TAXES

— Does not increase the sales tax or personal income tax.

— Cuts business taxes by more than an estimated $300 million.

— Extends life of capital stock and franchise tax for two years past its scheduled expiration on Dec. 31. The rate would drop from 0.89 mills in 2013 to 0.67 mills in 2014 and to 0.45 mills in 2014.

— Increases the cap on losses businesses can write off from $3 million in 2013 to $4 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015.

PENSIONS

— Pays an additional $160 million for public school employees' pension costs, but saves $49 million by school employees' Social Security payments.

— Does not include Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to overhaul the state's biggest public employee pensions and it does not reflect any changes he proposed.

EDUCATION

— Increases funding for public school instruction and operations by about $129 million to nearly $5.5 billion.

— Maintains spending for higher education at this year's $1.2 billion level.

— Does not include money for Corbett's proposed Passport for Learning block grant program for public schools.

HEALTH CARE/SOCIAL SERVICES

— Does not include impact of a potential expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

— Increases Department of Public Welfare budget by $333 million to nearly $11 billion.

PUBLIC SAFETY

— Increases budget to operate state prisons by $75 million to above $1.9 billion.

— Includes nearly $15 million for three new state police cadet classes that are expected to train 290 troopers.

1
Text Only
News
  • Porter Another teen says he threw rock on I-80, too

    MIFFLINBURG — The father of the third juvenile charged as an adult in a July 10 rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life was apologetic following his son’s arraignment Monday.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victim of rock-throwers making progress

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd, the 52-year-old Ohio woman fighting for her life after being hit by a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass, is slowly coming around, according to her husband, Randy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mayor's dog recovering from attack

    DANVILLE — Bernie and Red Swank have two different routes they take daily when they walk their dogs, and at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Water Street, a German shepherd attacked Lex, their white 5-year-old lhasa apso.

    July 21, 2014

  • Basic subsidy for Lewisburg schools down slightly

    LEWISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed executive budget will provide the Lewisburg Area School District with an additional $90,457 from the state, but most of the increase will be reflected in $125,275 to support a Ready to Learn grant.

    July 21, 2014

  • Shikellamy extend deadline for school project

    The Shikellamy District board agreed at a special meeting last Thursday, to extend until Sept. 5, the deadline for the receipt of bid documents for the $17 million Shikellamy Middle School project. Bids were originally scheduled to be opened Tuesday.

    July 21, 2014

  • Second juvenile charged as adult in rock-throwing incident

    MIFFLINBURG — A second juvenile was charged as an adult Monday morning for his alleged involvement a July 10 rock-throwing incident that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life.

    July 21, 2014

  • Midd-West to hire Snook's replacement tonight

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 21, 2014

  • rgbcar20abw.jpg My 1st Car Photo Contest Winner

    Maxton Mielke, Sunbury, won the My 1st Car photo contest this week. Photos can be entered in this week's contest: Pet lookalike at www.dailyitem.com/dailyblast. Look for the Outshoot the Experts contest and submit your best photos! Photos can also be submitted on our facebook page or via Instagram and Twitter with #dipets.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence" against Russia

    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

    July 21, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.