Releases

As of July 2015, the Economic and Revenue Reports have been discontinued. They are now included in the Monthly Trend Reports.

IFO Releases

Philadelphia Cigarette & Beverage Tax Impact

March 13, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

The IFO responds to a request regarding the impact of Philadelphia’s local cigarette and beverage taxes on state revenue collections.

The letter has been revised to include current footnotes 3 and 6, which provide additional context for the assumptions used by the analysis.  (Revised on March 20, 2017)

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Horse Racing Analysis

March 13, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

Act 7 of 2016 requires the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to provide technical assistance to the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) for a study related to various aspects of the Pennsylvania horse racing industry. The IFO agreed to provide analysis and text necessary to address the statutory requirement that the report include “a determination of the economic return to the Commonwealth, racetrack operators, horsemen, breeders and other stakeholders on the investment of gaming assessments collected under the act of July 5, 2004 (P.L.572, No.71).”

This report is the IFO's submission to the JSGC in fulfillment of this requirement.

Note: Tables D and I (pages 8 and 21) and supporting text were updated since the original publication. (Revised March 13, 2017)

Letter to JSGC (March 13, 2017)

Letter to Rep. Stephens in response to questions regarding the IFO analysis. (March 28, 2017)

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House Budget Hearing Requests

March 10, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

The IFO provided additional information to members of the House Appropriations Committee in response to requests made at its recent budget hearing. 

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Senate Budget Hearing Requests

March 10, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

The IFO provided additional information to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in response to requests made at its recent budget hearing. 

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ISSU & PSSU Wage Contracts Analysis

March 08, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

Pursuant to section 604-B(a)(8) of the Administrative Code of 1929, the Independent Fiscal Office has prepared a cost analysis of the collective bargaining agreements between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the following unions:

  1. Independent State Stores Union (ISSU)

  2. Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU), Hearing Officers

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Department of Corrections Performance Measures

February 27, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

At the request of the General Assembly, the IFO has published a performance measurement report for the Department of Corrections (DOC) in advance of the agency’s budget hearings. The report includes agency cost-drivers, performance metrics and multi-state comparisons.

The DOC report arises from the IFO’s 2016 report, “Using Performance Measures in the State Budget,” in which the office outlined options for performance measurement and provided a prototype report that could be integrated into the state budget process and utilized during annual budget hearings.

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Budget Hearing Packet for Appropriations Committees

February 16, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

The IFO has compiled information for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in advance of its scheduled testimony on Tuesday, February 21. 

The hearing packet contains a brief background on the Independent Fiscal Office and its responsibilities, along with a list of the reports and analyses published since January 2016. It also provides data regarding the economic and revenue outlook, demographics, pensions, and natural gas. 

 

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PFBC Wage Contract Analysis

February 02, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

Section 604-B(a)(8) of Act 100 of 2016 (Act of July 20, 2016, P.L. 849, No. 100) requires the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to:

Provide a cost analysis for the current fiscal year and remaining subsequent fiscal years of the impact of each proposed collective bargaining agreement under the jurisdiction of the Governor prior to execution, including the costs to cover public employee wages, benefits, pensions and working conditions that have been reduced in writing under section 701 of the act of July 23, 1970 (P.L. 563, No. 195), known as the Public Employe Relations Act.

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Analysis of Recent Collective Bargaining Agreements

January 12, 2017 | Other Documents and Requests

Pursuant to section 604-B(a)(8) of the Administrative Code of 1929, the Independent Fiscal Office has prepared a cost analysis of the collective bargaining agreements between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the following six unions:

  1. Correctional Institution Vocational Education Association (CIVEA)

  2. Federation of State Cultural and Educational Professionals (FOSCEP)

  3. Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania

  4. PA State Education Association (PSEA), Non-Tenured Teachers

  5. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania

  6. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)

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