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By-the-numbers: COVID-19’s big hit to Pa.’s economy

Budget shortfall, job losses and lost wages
By Ed Mahon

Updated: May 26, 2020 | 8:53 pm

Facing nearly $5 billion shortfall, Pa. lawmakers plan to pass short-term budget

The plan will allow officials to get a clearer picture of the strain placed on Pennsylvania’s finances by efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 1, 2020 | 3:55 pm

Pa. tax revenues plummet $2.2 billion as top state official warns reopening won’t end economic pain

Dramatic budget cuts or tax increases might be needed if Congress does not send additional, unrestricted aid to states.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania facing up to $4 billion budget shortfall as coronavirus shutdown upends state budget

Approximately one-fifth of all workers in the state have been laid off, according to a new report by the state's Independent Fiscal Office.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Here’s the first look at how the coronavirus is gutting Pa. state finances, and it’s not pretty

The latest numbers are only the "tip of the iceberg,” state Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hassell said.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Delay of tax deadline due to the coronavirus will cause ‘significant disruption’ to Pa.’s budget process

The state typically collects a large chunk of income tax revenue in March and April as people file right before the deadline. With the delay, actual and projected revenues will be “very difficult to know” by the June 30 deadline for passing the state budget.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

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