In early December, Governor Wolf restricted staffing levels to the number of employees Commonwealth agencies had as of December 2, 2016. Commonwealth agencies had approximately 74,000 filled positions in early December. Under the revised complement cap, agencies are permitted to fill positions if their staffing levels drop below the December 2, 2016 level or if the Governorís Office grants an exception to the complement cap.
Overall filled staffing levels are now nearly 600 positions below December 2, 2016 levels. This drop in filled levels has been driven by Governor Wolfís decision to lay off 500 Labor and Industry employees supported by the Unemployment Compensation Administration Fund at the end of last year.
Through the end of December, General Fund agencies continued to fill positions above the December 2, 2016 level, but overall General Fund staffing levels are now below that level by about 150. Some agencies continue to have staffing levels above their complement cap.
The Administration indicated the December 2, 2016 staffing levels became the basis for developing the Governorís FY 2017-18 budget proposal and that no vacant positions were funded in the Governorís request.
While our committee has not completed its in-depth review of the Governorís proposal, early analysis has discovered funded vacant positions throughout agency budget materials. Based on the continuing poor revenue performance, we are not likely to be able to budget for positions above the Governorís December 2, 2016 level.
General Fund revenue collections for the month ended March 2017 totaled $4.42 billion, which was $229.6 million, or 4.9%, below the monthly estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections total $22.4 billion, which is $679.3 million, or 2.9%, below estimate for the year. March is typically the largest revenue collection month of the year.
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