The 2016-2017 Pennsylvania Budget: Finding Common Ground in Today’s Political Climate

Event Date: 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Event Location: 

Rodef Shalom
4905 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213





The 2016-2017 Pennsylvania Budget

Finding Common Ground in Today’s Political Climate

Pennsylvania’s 2015-2016 budget impasse demonstrated the wide gap separating Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-dominated legislature on major, transformative issues. As the state approaches the budget deadline of June 30th for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, can we be sure that the budget reflects current and emerging demographic needs?  Will Pennsylvania reach common ground and utilize sustainable budgeting decisions to resolve the state’s $1.5-$2 billion structural deficit? Or will PA use short term solutions like deferred payments and non-recurring revenues to get through this year? Will Pennsylvania find a way to continue caring for our most vulnerable citizens and investing in our communities?

On June 8th, join the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and the Institute of Politics for a discussion with four Pennsylvanian leaders to hear their perspectives on the budget. Deputy Director of the Independent Fiscal Office Mark Ryan; Commonwealth Foundation President and CEO Matthew Brouillette; Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Director Marc Stier; and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Executive Director and GPNP Public Policy Committee Chair Susan Rauscher will discuss the steps to move Pennsylvania forward.

June 8, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rodef Shalom, 4905 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Diana Bucco, Vice President, The Buhl Foundation

Diana Bucco will become President of The Buhl Foundation on July 1, 2016. She will be the seventh president in the Foundation’s 89-year history. She joined The Buhl Foundation in 2013 and has led the revisioning of the Buhl Foundation’s new strategy and approach to philanthropy, including its focus on community-driven neighborhood revitalization. Previously, she was President of The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based organization that supports nonprofit capacity-building through grantmaking, research, and leadership development. While at The Forbes Funds, she launched the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, which is now a coalition of over 400 nonprofit organizations that creates a unified voice for the nonprofit sector.


Matthew Brouillette, President and CEO, Commonwealth Foundation

Matt is a prominent voice in statewide public policy debates through frequent appearances in print, television, and talk radio across the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Foundation in 2002, Matt served as the Director of Education Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan. Matt received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell College; and earned a master of education from Azusa Pacific University and a master of arts in history from the University of San Diego. He is ABD in his doctoral work in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.

Susan Rauscher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Chair, GPNP Public Policy Committee

Susan serves as the executive director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  In this position she finds that she has a job that allows her to be of service to others while overseeing an exceptional staff that makes remarkable things happen every day. At a time when the needs of our community are so great, Susan is pleased to help Catholic Charities take the next steps to advance its mission of outreach by providing help, creating hope, and serving all.

Mark Ryan, Deputy Director, Independent Fiscal Office

Mark Ryan is the deputy director of the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Prior to joining the IFO, he served as executive director of the finance committees for the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives, chief of staff for a Pennsylvania state senator, and revenue forecasting supervisor in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Mark holds a M.S. in Public Management and Policy Analysis from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in History from the State University of New York.

Marc Stier, Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Prior to joining PBPC as Director in 2015, Marc served as the Executive Director of Penn ACTION, the Pennsylvania Director of Health Care for America Now, and as the Health Care Campaign Manager for SEIU Pennsylvania State Council. Additionally, Marc was an academic for 25 years and is the author of numerous papers on political philosophy, the history of political thought, and American politics. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a doctorate from Harvard University, both in political science.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Check-In, Breakfast Refreshments, Networking

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction

Samantha Balbier, Executive Director, GPNP

Diana Bucco, Vice President, The Buhl Foundation

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Balancing the PA Budget and Shifts in PA Demographics

Mark Ryan, Deputy Director, Independent Fiscal Office

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Our Communities

Susan Rauscher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, GPNP Public Policy Chair

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Finding Common Ground

Matthew Brouillette, President and CEO, Commonwealth Foundation

Marc Stier, Director, PA Budget and Policy Center

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Q & A