For A Change, A Clear Path For A New PA Budget

The Budget Increases Spending By Less Than 2%

June 19, 2018 - 12:42 pm

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - In another sign of a painless budget season this year, the state House Appropriations Committee this morning unanimously approved a new state spending plan with no new taxes that provides more money for education – and for school safety.

It’s something pretty rare in recent years: a budget proposal apparently cruising toward final action by the end-of-the-month deadline.

The budget passed by House Appropriations increases spending by less than two-percent, but provides an extra $100 million dollars for basic education and $20 million more for pre-K, while providing an additional $70 million for schools to address safety issues.

Republican Dave Reed, the House majority leader, on how the safety dollars may be distributed.

“Our vision is something somewhat similar to how we do it with volunteer fire companies, where they fill out the application, they say how they’re going to use the dollars from on a list of choices.” Said Reed.

In fact, revenues are strong enough that lawmakers expect a surplus in the current fiscal year – with half of that, or about $25 million, being put in a “rainy day” fund.