Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding held a rally Thursday morning to urge the General Assembly to grant the $100 million increase to basic education funding formula proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Advocates said that the Pennsylvania constitution guarantees each student in the commonwealth receives a thorough and efficient education, but school districts are facing a difficult time funding this provision.

Currently, Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, along with the House’s proposal, has granted basic education the $100 million the group has hoped for. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday was joined by education and law enforcement officials to stress the importance of providing a large increase in pre-K and early childhood education funding similar to what he offered in his proposed budget.

 

In February, the governor included as part of his $32.3 billion budget proposal a $75 million increase in early childhood education spending that includes pre-K programs and the Head Start program.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

Budget hearings begin in era of “new normal”

The legislature Tuesday began its three-week slate of budget hearings in what one ranking Appropriations Committee member called an era of “new normal.”

 

The budget hearing process, undertaken by the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate, traditionally takes place in the period following the governor’s budget address and before the run-up to the enactment of the state budget in early summer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Facing increasing deficits, Gov. Wolf proposes $32.3 billion budget balanced on substantial revenue and structural reforms

Gov. Tom Wolf gave the third budget address of his tenure Tuesday afternoon before a joint session of the General Assembly. The proposed budget he presented to legislators for FY 2017-2018 rings in at a total of $32.3 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s spending number.

 

The increase in spending comes as Pennsylvania faces an ongoing struggle with its structural deficit, leaving a hole of upwards of $700 million for the current fiscal year and potentially as high as $2.3 billion for the coming fiscal year.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

Officials from Pennsylvania’s biggest cities respond to Trump Executive Orders, Philadelphia visit

As President Donald Trump makes his first visit to Pennsylvania since officially taking the reins as the nation’s top executive Thursday, lawmakers from both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are responding to the visit and recent actions by the President on immigration.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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