Governor Wolf Vetoed the General Assembly's
2015-2016 Budget Bill
Now What? Keeping You Informed.
We are in a waiting mode.
On July 1, Governor Wolf vetoed the budget bill passed by the General Assembly on June 30. The next day, in a joint appearance, he and legislative leaders said they have already started work towards an agreement on a negotiated spending plan for Pennsylvania. That includes finalizing how much to invest in community supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Meanwhile, the nearly 4,600 people with intellectual disabilities on the Emergency List continue to wait. Both budgets - the Governor's proposal and the General Assembly's plan he vetoed - include intellectual disabilities waiver funding for 1,000 more persons:
- 600 students graduating from special education
- 400 individuals on the Emergency Waiting List
The difference between the plans is over the starting dates when the people moving off the Emergency Waiting List would begin to receive services. (Both plans provide for the 600 graduating students to receive 9 months of services.) The Governor's proposal would start serving the individuals on the Emergency Waiting List in January 2016 while the Legislature's plan would begin serving them in May 2016. That accounts for the difference in funding, $18.9 million in Governor Wolf's proposal versus $10 million in the General Assembly's budget plan.
The Waiting List Campaign is staying on top of the progress of budget negotiations. We will let you know what is happening as it unfolds.
As we wait for a final budget, we cannot forget there are thousands of Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities whose lives will be impacted. Here are the most recent Waiting List numbers:
How Many Are Waiting?
May 31, 2015
TOTAL PEOPLE WAITING = 13,751
Emergency Needs Category = 4,497
Critical Needs Category = 5,656
Planning Needs Category = 3,598