Kaiser Health Tracking Poll

Results from the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll indicate a growth in approval of the health care reform law passed earlier this year. In addition, approximately 35% of respondents would likely vote for a representative who supported the bill while 32% would likely not vote for a candidate who voted “yes” on the legislation. The complete results of the June 2010 poll can be found here.

Analysis of the PA Budget Agreement

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center analyzes the $28.05 billion 2010-2011 budget agreement here.

Libraries and agricultural programs saw funds reduced. In addition, state funds were cut for autism intervention, behavioral health, child care assistance, domestic violence prevention, legal services, homeless assistance and mental health services. At this point, it is not apparent if ARRA funds will make up for the decrease in funding. Funding for early intervention (education), disability services and long term care was increased.