Most likely, no one if the delay is short.
Court rulings in recent years have largely taken the threat of payless paydays for state employees -- one of former Gov.
And so far, Gov.
"In the event that a new budget is not enacted by the end of the current fiscal year (
"Payroll will continue to be processed and there are no anticipated delays to employees' scheduled pay."
If negotiations on a 2014-15 spending plan do run into overtime, it would likely be because supporters of gas drilling or cigarette taxes have carried the day, giving the budget-builders hundreds of millions of new dollars to play with.
But in an election year with Republicans in charge of the governor's office, the state House and the state
In an unlikely worst-case scenario, the administration could still resort to temporary furloughs later this summer.
But even that can happen only after a 30-day notice. And there's been no such notice sent as of the end of last week, said
So for the time being, state parks and historic sites, which can get a lot of traffic for the 4th of July holiday, should be fully open.
"We've been advised of no changes in any services or hours at this time," said
Lottery games will continue to be played, and casinos will continue to take bets.
And of course, all public safety functions -- state police and corrections -- will continue unabated.
There can be more immediate consequences for others, Egan noted.
Businesses in contracts with the state, from those providing food to the prisons to information technology consultants to crews painting a bridge for PennDOT may see payments delayed.
State aid earmarked to community organizations like food banks and domestic violence shelters could be held up.
But an impasse that lasts only a few days should be largely unfelt by the average Pennsylvanian, according to information provided by the
Here's a Pennsylvanian's users guide to other questions about a short-term budgetary limbo:
Will services performed by third-party contractors continue to be provided?
Standard contract terms state that the commonwealth's obligation to make payments during any future fiscal year are subject to the availability and appropriation of funds.
It also provides that those contractors continue working or providing services, with the understanding that they will be made whole as soon as the new budget is in place.
What about the state aid to the poor, elderly and out-of-work?
All government-run welfare and personal assistance programs will continue, including: medical assistance, welfare programs like aid to Women, Infants and Children; and unemployment benefits.
All pension payments to retired state employees and retired school teachers will also continue.
Will PennDOT highway construction projects be affected?
According to Corbett's budget office, construction can proceed, but vendor payments for goods or services committed against fiscal year 2014-15 funds would be blocked until the budget is enacted.
Payments committed against 2013-14 funds will continue to be paid.
What about school funding?
To the extent that these funds must be appropriated by the
But the first basic education subsidy payments -- the biggest chunk of state aid -- doesn't typically go out until August, so if this debate gets wrapped up within a week or two, district bottom lines shouldn't be greatly affected.
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