As Pennsylvania continues to address public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state budget that will provide 12 months of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels and makes important investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the economy according to the Wolf Administration.
The $25.75 billion General Fund budget in HB 2387 includes an additional $2.6 billion in federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act. The budget sustains funding at current year levels for Pre-K Counts and Head Start, basic and special education in K-12 schools, and higher education. The budget also provides $300 million from the CARES Act to make up for a decline in gaming revenue that annually supports school property tax relief for homeowners.
The budget deal also cuts some $3 million dollars wanted for abortion provider Planned Parenthood. The Pennsylvania Family Council issued a statement saying:
This is certainly a short-term victory – we thank you and the thousands of Pennsylvanians who took action to say let’s fund healthcare, not abortion and Planned Parenthood
This is not the end of this fight this year, as we will have this proposal of tax-dollars being sent to the state’s largest abortion business come up again this Fall in the debate over the rest of the budget negotiations. So continue to tell your State Senator and State Representative that Planned Parenthood and their 15,000+ abortions in PA every year does not deserve one dime of taxpayer funding.
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