HARRISBURG — Republicans on the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a spending blueprint that would hold the line on taxes but would scale back increases for education and human services proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett while relying heavily on the unlikely sell-off of the state's wine and liquor operations. The next stop for the $29.1 billion budget plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 is the floor of the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives. The 21-14 party-line vote culminated more than two hours of partisan debate over the proposal — which relies partly on a plan to privatize the state liquor stores whose passage is far from assured — in the final week of a tumultuous fiscal year.
The nomination process is now open for the Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award. This award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA’s Legislative Platform. Applications will be accepted until July 16, 2014. The July 16 date was picked in honor of Timothy M. Allwein's birthday. The award will be presented during the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in October. More details and application are available on PSBA's website.