PA-BGT: Harrisburg to Cough Up Money Tuesday

pa-state-capitol-b175d9a07740ecf3Twenty-seven weeks after last receiving a paycheck from the state, PA schools, counties and human service providers are set for another payday.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s Dec. 29th line-item veto released $3.3 billion in critical funding, accounting for 16,400 payments that had not been processed, the Morning Call reports.

“Treasury staff worked during the past several weeks to pre-audit thousands of critical payments and delivered them in days rather than weeks,” Treasurer Timothy Reese said.

Wolf line-item vetoed about $7 billion from a $30.3 billion spending plan that House and Senate

Republicans pushed through before leaving for the holidays. Wolf’s biggest line veto was to an item under the Department of Education’s budget, which released only a portion of the state’s education funding.

The money is to cover the first six months of funding for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started on July 1st, ensuring legislators will get back to budget negotiations when they return for the new year.

The first-year Democratic Governor is remaining steadfast in his demands for “historic” increases in state education funding and wants to get back an earlier framework agreement with an additional $500 million in spending.

“The governor’s blue line (veto) released emergency funding to schools through Dec. 31,” Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan told the Morning Call. “The governor called on the Republican leaders to call the Legislature back into session to provide the historic increase in education funding they all agreed to in the compromise budget.”

January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Governor, Harrisburg, Top Stories | No Comments