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Subseries 6. Office of Budget and Administration

Scope and Content Notes:

"Within two days after the inauguration, Bob Wilburn [Secretary of Budget and Administration], and his budget office aides came to the Governor's Home to discuss the state's financial condition. Estimates of the deficit looming at the end of the fiscal year (which was to end on June 30) ranged from $20 million to $175 million ... Wisely, nearly all states [including Pennsylvania] have a constitutional requirement that each year's budget be balanced ... I was later to become a zealot in the effort to secure passage of a balanced budget amendment to the federal constitution ... I have always thought that matching revenues with expenditures is a large part of what accountability in government is all about" ( Evidence, p. 109). Overall, through reprogramming and attention to top priorities, in addition to cost cutting measures, responsible and balanced budgets were submitted and passed in a timely manner each of the eight years of Thornburgh's years as Governor.

The Office of Budget and Administration (OBA) oversaw the creation of yearly budgets for every agency, department and commission and "maintains a continuing evaluation of the progress and effectiveness of state programs in meeting program objectives" ( Pennsylvania Manual, 1980-1981, p. 293). The files included in this collection are detailed and fully document both the organization and the results of a meticulous and successful budgetary process. They are the foundation beneath the many policy initiatives and accomplishments of the Thornburgh administration.

The first group of files is organized by department, agency or commission, and includes materials relating to the requests for funds, OBA's recommendations, and notes from hearings for each department. There are also documents relating to departments' accomplishments and goals, and the funding thought necessary to achieve those goals.

The OBA also kept material unique to each fiscal year. This second group of material includes, for example: Governor's Budget Address and drafts, binders entitled, "Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations Prior to the Submission of the Executive Budget," and copies of the Governor's Executive Budget and Budget in Brief for each fiscal year. Included, too, is information from the Governor's Budget Review meetings, news releases regarding budget matters, and other documents unique to each fiscal year.

The Office of Budget and Administration files are arranged as follows: 1) Department and agency requests, related OBA recommendations and hearing notes, arranged alphabetically by agency or department, for fiscal years 1979-1987; 2) Fiscal year budget materials, arranged chronologically by fiscal year from 1979-1987, with materials relating to the executive budget, briefing binders, and budget address materials for each year.

Section: Department and Agency requests, OBA recommendations and hearing notes, fiscal years 1979-1987


Box 180
Folder 1 Office of Administration 1985-1986
Folder 2 Auditor General: department of 1979-1987
Folder 3 Attorney General's Office 1982-1987
Folder 4 Board of Probation and Parole 1979-1987
Folder 5 Bureau of Corrections 1983-1987
Folder 6 Civil Service Commission 1979-1987
Folder 7 Commission for Women 1982-1987
Folder 8 Office of the Consumer Advocate 1985-1986
Folder 9 Council on the Arts 1984-1985
Folder 10 Crime Commission 1980-1986
Folder 11 Crime Victims Compensation Board 1982
Folder 12 Department of Aging 1979-1987
Folder 13 Department of Agriculture: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987
Folder 14 Department of Agriculture: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 15 Department of Banking 1980-1986
Folder 16 Department of Commerce: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987

Box 181
Folder 1 Department of Commerce: hearing notes 1979-1987
Folder 2 Department of Community Affairs: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987
Folder 3 Department of Community Affairs: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 4-7 Department of Education: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1986
Folder 8 Department of Education: Budget presentation to the Governor January, 1982

Box 182
Folder 1 Department of Education: Budget presentation to the Governor January, 1983
Folder 2 Department of Education: hearing notes 1979-1987
Folder 3-4 Department of Environmental Resources: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1986
Folder 5 Department of Environmental Resources: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 6 Department of General Services: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987
Folder 7 Department of General Services: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 8 Department of Health: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1983

Box 183
Folder 1 Department of Health: department requests and OBA recommendations 1983-1987
Folder 2 Department of Health: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 3 Insurance Department 1979-1987
Folder 4 Department of Justice 1979-1982
Folder 5 Department of Labor and Industry: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987
Folder 6 Department of Labor and Industry: hearing notes 1979-1985
Folder 7 Department of Military Affairs 1979-1987
Folder 8-10 Department of Public Welfare: department requests and OBA recommendations 1979-1987

Box 184
Folder 1 Department of Revenue 1979-1987
Folder 2 Department of State 1979-1987
Folder 3-4 Department of Transportation 1979-1987
Folder 5 Fish Commission 1980-1987
Folder 6 Game Commission 1980-1987
Folder 7 General Counsel, Office of 1982-1985
Folder 8 Governor's Action Center 1985-1986
Folder 9 Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse 1979-1982
Folder 10 Governor's Energy Council: department requests and OBA recommendations 1981-1986

Box 185
Folder 1 Governor's Energy Council: hearing notes 1980-1985
Folder 2 Governor's Office 1979-1987
Folder 3 Governor's Office of Policy Development 1985-1987
Folder 4-5 Historical and Museum Commission 1979-1987
Folder 6 Horse Racing Commission 1979-1982
Folder 7 Human Relations Commission 1979-1987
Folder 8 Judiciary 1979-1984
Folder 9 Legislature 1979-1981
Folder 10 Lieutenant Governor's Office 1979-1987
Folder 11 Liquor Control Board (LCB) 1979-1987
Folder 12 Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund 1986-1987
Folder 13 Milk Marketing Board 1980-1986

Box 186
Folder 1 MILRITE Council 1983-1987
Folder 2 MILRITE Council: Budget presentation to the Governor January 13, 1983
Folder 3 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency 1980-1986
Folder 4 Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 1979-1986
Folder 5 Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) 1979-1987
Folder 6 Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency 1983-1987
Folder 7 Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System 1980-1985
Folder 8 Pennsylvania State Police 1979-1987
Folder 9 Professional and Occupational Affairs 1979-1980
Folder 10 Public Employee Retirement Study Commission 1985-1987
Folder 11 Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) Commission 1979-1987
Folder 12 Public Utilities Commission (PUC) 1979-1987
Folder 13 Securities Commission 1979-1985
Folder 14 Tax Equalization Board 1981-1985
Folder 15 Treasury Department 1979-1987
Folder 16 Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 1984-1987
Folder 17 Welfare Department: extensive notes by Governor Thornburgh 1979-1986

Section: Fiscal year budget materials, 1979-1987

Section: Fiscal Year 1979-1980


Box 187
Folder 1 Budget study group 1979-1980
Folder 2 Budget overview 1979-1980
Folder 3 Capital budget 1979-1980
Folder 4 Legislative process 1979-1980
Folder 5 Governor's Budget Address March 7, 1979
Folder 6 Budget in Brief 1979-1980
Folder 7 Press coverage of budget 1979-1980

Section: Fiscal Year 1980-1981

Folder 8 General budget overview and Democrat Response to Governor's Budget 1980-1981
Folder 9 General Fund financial statement 1980-1981
Folder 10 Notes for Cabinet meeting 1980-1981
Folder 11 Legislators' proposals 1980-1981
Folder 12 Republican Leadership meeting February 4, 1980
Folder 13 Drafts and final copy of Governor's Budget Address February 5, 1980
Folder 14 News releases concerning budget 1980-1981
Folder 15 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1980-1981
Folder 16 Budget in Brief 1980-1981
Folder 17 Governor's Executive Budget, volume 2 (missing volume 1) 1980-1981
Folder 18 Governor's Budget Briefing Book 1981-1982

Section: Fiscal Year 1981-1982


Box 188
Folder 1 General budget overview 1981-1982
Folder 2 House Democratic budget proposals and analysis of House Democratic Caucus "Statement of Policy" 1981-1982
Folder 3 Governor's Budget Address February 3, 1981
Folder 4 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1981-1982
Folder 5 Budget in Brief 1981-1982
Folder 6 Governor's Executive Budget, volume 1 1981-1982
Folder 7 Governor's Executive Budget, volume 2 1981-1982

Section: Fiscal Year 1982-1983

Folder 8 Budget Reviews of Agencies' Budget Requests binder (includes content list) 1982-1983

Box 189
Folder 1 Governor's Budget Address February 9, 1982
Folder 2-3 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1982-1983
Folder 4 Budget in Brief 1982-1983
Folder 5-6 Governor's Executive Budget 1982-1983

Section: Fiscal Year 1983-1984

Folder 7 Attendees for Governor's Budget Review meetings 1983-1984
Folder 8 Budget overview and general options 1983-1984
Folder 9 HAND-UP, "Housing Assistance Needed by Distressed and Unemployed Pennsylvanians: A Plan to Provide Emergency Loans to Unemployed Homeowners and Economically Distressed Family Farmers to Avoid Mortgage Foreclosure" 1983-1984
Folder 10 Coal Conversion Opportunities 1983-1984
Folder 11 Drafts of Governor's Budget Address 1983-1984
Folder 12 News release on Governor's budget proposal February 8, 1983
Folder 13-14 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1983-1984

Box 190
Folder 1 Draft of Budget in Brief 1983-1984
Folder 2 Budget in Brief 1983-1984
Folder 3 Governor's Executive Budget printer's mark-up 1983-1984
Folder 4-5 Governor's Executive Budget 1983-1984
Folder 6-7 Post July 1, 1983 budget negotiations and supplemental material 1983-1984

Section: Fiscal Year 1984-1985

Folder 8 Attendees for Governor's Budget Review meetings 1984-1985
Folder 9 Budget overview and general options 1984-1985
Folder 10 Revenue projections 1984-1985
Folder 11 Options for using available lottery revenues 1984-1985
Folder 12 News releases concerning budget 1984-1985
Folder 13 "Pennsylvania is Ready," draft and final copy of Governor's Budget Address February 7, 1984
Folder 14 Governor's Briefing Book 1984-1985
Folder 15 Governor's Briefing Book 1984-1985

Box 191
Folder 1-2 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1984-1985
Folder 3 Draft of Budget in Brief 1984-1985
Folder 4 Budget in Brief 1984-1985
Folder 5-6 Governor's Executive Budget 1984-1985

Section: Fiscal Year 1985-1986

Folder 7 Budget Review meetings for departments and agencies 1985-1986
Folder 8 Budget overview and general options 1985-1986
Folder 9 Drafts and notes regarding the Governor's Budget Address 1985-1986
Folder 10 "Pennsylvania is Working," Governor's Budget Address February 5, 1985
Folder 11 Governor's Briefing Binder 1985-1986
Folder 12 Budget Review Meetings, vol I 1985-1986
Folder 13 Budget Review Meetings, vol II 1986

Box 192
Folder 1 Senate remarks following Governor's Budget Address February 5, 1985
Folder 2 News releases concerning budget 1985-1986
Folder 3 Budget Review Meetings for Departments and agencies: Health, PHEAA, Military Affairs and Transportation 1985-1986
Folder 4 Pennsylvania Tax Compendium for the Department of Revenue 1985-1986
Folder 5 Budget in Brief 1985-1986
Folder 6-7 Governor's Executive Budget 1985-1986

Section: Fiscal Year 1986-1987

Folder 8 Budget overview and general options 1986-1987

Box 193
Folder 1 News releases concerning budget 1986-1987
Folder 2 "Pennsylvania is Proud Again," drafts and final copy of Governor's Budget Address February 4, 1986
Folder 3 Democrats' Response to Governor's Budget Address February 4, 1986
Folder 4 Summary of Initiatives, Policy Issues and Appropriations prior to submission of the Executive Budget binder (includes contents list) 1986-1987
Folder 5 Budget Review packages for departments and agencies binder 1986-1987
Folder 6 Drafts of Budget in Brief 1986-1987
Folder 7 Budget in Brief 1986-1987
Folder 8 Governor's Executive Budget 1986-1987
Folder 9 Governor's Executive Budget 1986-1987