FY 2016-2017 Budget
For this budget, PAR requested a 4.7% increase in funding to account for a 2.3% COLA and a dollar an hour wage increase for Direct Support Professionals.
2016-2017 Budget Overview
The 2016-2017 budget included $75 million dollars in new ID/A funding.Those funds are dedicated to supporting the documented increased needs of current ID/A consumers, 700 special education high school graduates, and services that will enable 250 persons on the ID/A waiting list to finally receive community based services in the new fiscal year.
Unfortunately, the 2016-17 Budget provided no funds dedicated to increase the base payment rates for providers of home and community based services to over 50,000 adolescents and adults with intellectual disability and/or autism throughout Pennsylvania.
On June 30th, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a $31.5 billion spending plan to fund the Commonwealth’s 2016-17 obligations and priorities. This spending plan was not accompanied by a tax/revenue package to fund it and the General assembly was unable to agree upon a revenue package to fund the 2016-17 budget prior to Independence Day.
On July 11th, 2016, the 2016-17 General Appropriations bill took effect without Governor Wolf’s signature as it became law after sitting on his desk for ten days without action on his part. This spending plan appropriated approximately $1.3 billion more in funding than was available in revenues.
On July 13th, 2016, the 2016-17 budget was signed and fully in place. The General Assembly had approved a tax/revenue package to accompany the 2016-17 spending plan that had become law. The tax/revenue package included:
- A $1.00/pack increase on cigarettes
- New taxes on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco
- A tax on digital downloads
- Limits of the amount of funds a retailer can retain to cover the cost of collecting and remitting sales tax
- A tax on lottery winnings
- Other minor business and casino tax changes