Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s budget bill for this year has passed in both the House and the Senate, and it’s now on its way to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk.
The $32.7 billion spending plan increases growth by 1.7 percent, which is below the rate of inflation (2.13 percent).
It requires no additional taxes or revenues and officially erases a deficit.
The budget also includes a record high $12.3 billion investment in education from pre-k through 12th grade, with additional increases in funding for career and technical education as well as higher education.
To learn more about what the budget includes so far, visit the PA House GOP website’s budget page.
Listen to the full comments from Republican Senator Pat Browne, who is also the Senate Appropriations Chair.
Hear the reaction from Democratic Senator Jay Costa about this year’s early, bipartisan budget bill.
The budget bill is expected to be sent to the governor before June 30.
Rep. Tommy Sankey, Republican from Cambria and Clearfield Counties, gives his thoughts.
House Majority Leader Dave Reed says he’s pleased with how the budget is progressing.
In the past few years, the June 30 deadline hasn’t been met, leading to standoffs and threats to shut down parts of the state government until an agreement could be reached.
This year, however, experts are projecting that the budget could be settled on time, possibly due in part to the upcoming governor’s race and legislative elections.
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