Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal once again includes a severance tax on the natural gas industry and an increase in the minimum wage to $12 per hour. Revenue from the gas tax and social service savings from increasing the minimum wage would pay for workforce development programs and an increase in education spending of $225 million. The Governor’s plan, unveiled Tuesday, Feb. 6, would increase spending by nearly $990 million to $32.9 billion.
A summary of the budget is available online. Budget hearings will be held in the House and Senate in the coming weeks.