Harrisburg, PA – We have less than a month until the Pennsylvania state budget has to be passed, and the state treasurer and auditor general have a warning for legislators… Pennsylvania still faces a possible $3 billion shortfall in the projected budget.

In order to make ends meet, lawmakers would have to agree on ways to raise state revenues. Two of the proposed ways of raising extra cash in the state involve changes to gambling and alcohol sale laws.

The skyrocketing cost of the state’s pension funds has been a drain on the budget for years, and lawmakers say it won’t be an easy fix. However, the Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would possibly overhaul public employee pension.

Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says this bill is projected to save more than $5 billion and shield taxpayers from an eventual $20 billion in additional liabilities if state investments would fail to meet projections.
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Now the House will vote on the pension reform bill that was previously passed by the Senate.