Pa Budget Out Of Balance

06.20.14 | Terry Diener

 A new audit reveals the General Assembly sits on a $153 million uncommitted surplus, grist for a state budget debate likely to go past the June 30 due date. With Pennsylvania facing a $1.4 billion revenue problem, Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers are looking to generate revenue to balance the next budget. The audit, approved by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission, reports the $153 million surplus at the end of fiscal 2012-13. It shows that 80 percent of the $301 million in categorized spending by the legislative branch that year went for salaries and benefits of lawmakers and staff.