Unlike last year when Governor Tom Wolf chose to deliver a video budget address due to COVID-19 concerns, the governor is scheduled to return to the House chamber to speak in person beginning at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 8.
The address marks the start of the 2022-23 budget season. It will be followed by legislative hearings that take deeper, agency-level dives into areas of his budget proposal followed by negotiations that many expect – since it is an election year for lawmakers – will culminate in a final product well before the June 30 deadline.
Among other things, Wolf is expected to increase funding for roads and bridges by restoring more of the Motor License Fund by reducing the reimbursement of state police for highway safety. With a surplus approaching $2 Billion, it should be a natural fit for the general fund to be the source of revenue for this important public safety funding.