Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


$800 Million Surplus: Pennsylvania Debates One-Time Payment Amid $14 Billion Budget Surplus – Check it Out!

Lawmakers Debate One-Time Payment vs. Tax Cuts from $14 Billion Budget

Pennsylvania Considers One-Time Payment Amid $14 Billion Budget Surplus

According to MARCA, Pennsylvania is expected to have a budget surplus of over $800 million as the June 30 deadline for adopting the fiscal year 2024/25 budget approaches. State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa is pushing for a one-time payment to residents arguing that the state is in a strong financial position. He shared his views on WHTM’s “This Week in Pennsylvania” highlighting that Pennsylvania has more than a $14 billion budget surplus. “We have a month before the June 30 deadline arrives” Costa said. He emphasized that Pennsylvania is well-positioned to make investments and return some of the surplus money to taxpayers. “Now that we’re moving into June we’re probably going to have an $800 million excess surplus just for this fiscal year” he added.

Direct one-time payment to locals in Costa‘s opinion would be a more successful strategy than other approaches. In order to maintain the program and increase future tax revenue he advises combining this with investments in jobs and education. Additionally Governor Josh Shapiro pledged to increase funding for senior citizens in 2024. This comes after Act 7 of 2023 was signed into law raising the maximum payout under the Property Tax/Rent payout (PTRR) program from $650 to $1,000. Republicans on the other hand propose cutting the state’s 3.07 percent personal income tax to 2.8 percent with the $14 billion surplus. While acknowledging that this is a good idea Costa argues a more comprehensive strategy is required. He contends that Pennsylvania need to have more advantageous tax laws particularly for companies. Costa thinks that smart investments and tax breaks would result in income and benefits over the long run. Tim O’Neal a state representative criticized Shapiro‘s budget plan calling it “outrageous spending increases” that would result in significant tax rises. O’Neal and other Republicans oppose further increases in spending because they believe they could negatively impact the state’s finances.

READ ALSO: Immigration To The Rescue: Can New Workers And Taxes Save Social Security From Crisis?

$800 Million Surplus: Pennsylvania Debates One-Time Payments Amid $14 Billion Budget Surplus – Check it Out! (PHOTO: La Grada)

Pennsylvania Considers $800 Million Surplus for Resident Relief and Investments

Furthermore, as the budget deadline approaches Pennsylvania lawmakers are debating the best way to use the surplus. While there are differing opinions the goal remains to benefit residents and ensure the state’s financial health. Costa’s push for a one-time payment reflects a desire to provide immediate relief to Pennsylvanians while also making strategic investments for the future.

READ ALSO: Government Spending Showdown: House Passes Veterans Bill, But White House Threatens Veto Over Controversial Riders

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *