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Gov. Wolf’s 2018-19 budget plan: Winners and losers

From pennlive.com

Gov. Tom Wolf’s fourth budget plan calls for more money for public schools,  and fighting heroin and opioid addictions, while trying again to impose fees on some municipalities to help pay for state police coverage.

Here’s a look at the winners and losers in his proposed $33 billion budget for 2018-19:

Public schools: The budget proposal would raise funding for public schools to a record level.

Taxes: Wolf swings again at a severance tax on gas drilling, but isn’t otherwise pushing for new or increased taxes.

Health and humans services: Wolf is proposing some increases in funding.

Opioid epidemic: Wolf is proposing an increase in funding to fight drug addiction.

Harrisburg: The city will continue to collect money it’s been getting for fire protection of the Capitol.

State Police: Wolf is again proposing to levy a fee on municipalities that rely solely on state police for police coverage.

Universities and colleges: The state-owned universities will see an increase smaller than they’d wanted in the budget, but that’s more than the state-related schools — Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln — will see. 

Environmental protection: Wolf is proposing to increase spending, but it’s a drop in the bucket after years of flat or reduced spending.

Legislature: It won’t see any cuts, but Wolf isn’t proposing to increase the House and Senate budgets.

State workers: Wolf is looking to reduce the workforce overall, but through attrition rather than layoffs.

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