Last Year's Budget Unresolved, Gov. Wolf Adds $200 Million To Education Funding Request

Feb 3, 2016

 

Even though funding for Pennsylvania's schools has not been settled for this year, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a $200 million increase for next year's basic education budget.
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As the battle in the Pennsylvania Capitol over funding public schools this year continues, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a $200 million increase for next year's basic education budget.

Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republicans who control the legislature are still sparring over how much money schools should receive this year. Wolf has been seeking a $377 million boost for K-12 basic education spending for the current year's budget.

Republicans pushed back against the tax increases needed to get to that number, so negotiations have stalled since the budget was technically due in June.

Wolf signed a budget in late December that included a Republican-backed education spending boost that fell well short of his goal. Wolf authorized only six months worth of school spending, and he used his veto pen to zero out other budget items in an attempt to force Republican leaders back to the table to strike a grand bargain.

More than a month past that action, the parties have shown little sign of nearing consensus — a prospect that grows more difficult as lawmakers enter the primary election season.

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