Pennsylvania started its new fiscal year on July 1, 2015, without a budget, after Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed the budget bill passed by the House and Senate Republicans (HB1192) on June 30. Since then, negotiations have taken place, but little progress has been made, due to overarching disagreements on new revenue and separate issues around pensions and liquor privatization.
On Sept. 18, the Senate passed two measures on partisan lines to form a stopgap spending plan that would provide $11 billion of funding to last four months, retroactive to July 1. The measures were taken up by the House, which passed them on Sept. 24. However, Gov. Wolf has repeatedly expressed his intent to veto the bills.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is monitoring the budget impasse and will provide another update next month.