Gov. Tom Wolf presented his 2018-19 General Fund budget proposal today. The election year spending plan avoids broad-based tax increases while boosting spending by about $1 billion, or 3 percent, to $33 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposed budget maintains current funding levels for the State Food Purchase Program and the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS). However, even with these current levels of funding, hunger still impacts far too ma
Your role as an anti-hunger advocate just got a little bit tougher --- even as it became all that more important. In case you missed the news this week, Pennsylvania state government is heading into the 2017 budget season with its biggest revenue shortfall since the recession, according to the Independent Fiscal Office. According to the IFO report issued on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf the General Assembly probably will have to find ways to close a budget hole approaching $1.5 bill
Pennsylvania’s budget process is moving along. On Tuesday, April 4, the House of Representatives passed its version of the 2017-18 General Fund budget. Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed spending plan on Feb. 7. Both the governor’s proposal and the House version keep funding flat for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS). The two budgets differ in many respects. At $31.52 billion, the House measure (H.B. 218) spends less t
Gov. Tom Wolf today unveiled his proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The spending plan keeps funding flat for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS). The SFPP line item totals $19.188 million, with $1 million of that amount dedicated for PASS. Funding for PASS is incorporated into the SFPP line item and does not have a line item of its own, something we continue to push for, since each program is unique. Over the la
The state House and Senate have approved a spending plan that includes a 4.1 percent increase in the line item that supports the commonwealth’s most critical anti-hunger programs. This represents one of the most significant funding increases in years in our fight against hunger in Pennsylvania --- and it never would have happened without the support and advocacy of our members and stakeholders. Your visits to the Capitol and your calls and letters to legislators made the diff
Please join Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and numerous anti-hunger organizations by signing the letter below, supporting a budget recommendation of $21 Million for the State Food Purchase Program and $5 Million for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System in the State FY 2016-17 budget. Click HERE to sign onto the letter to Governor Wolf. _____________________________ _____________________________ Dear Governor Wolf, As leaders of organizations working towards the elimination
Photo courtesy of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank In November, 1,240 hunger relief organizations, religious congregations, student groups, human service agencies and other charitable organizations signed a letter asking Gov. Tom Corbett to increase funding for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) to $21 million.
In December and January, another 700 anti-hunger advocates sent e-mails directly to the governor’s office seeking the increase, and hundreds of others