State officials project a $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion hole in the budget next year, challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers to pull off the toughest balancing act of his administration. Budget Secretary Charles Zogby held his midyear budget briefing on Wednesday, saying that though Pennsylvania is on pace to end the year in balance, it faces significant hurdles in 2014-15. The $1.4 billion figure factors in growth in the budget's 2,000 line items under law and without new spending. “I think everybody knows it's going to be a tough year,” House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin said.
PDE Press Release
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pennsylvania $51.7 million through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant program. “High-quality early learning programs are known to improve student achievement and prepare students to enter kindergarten,” Corbett said. “As a national leader,