Speaker Turzai, members of REACH foundation urge support of House Bill 530
Speaker of the House Rep Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) along with Executive Director of the REACH Foundation, Otto V. Banks, help a press conference at the McCormick Riverfront Library to urge the passage of House Bill 530. This legislation would increase the educational improvement tax credit (EITC) program and other programs from $150 million to $175 million allowing for more scholarships and education for children inside and out of the REACH foundation.
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The Senate Wednesday afternoon returned to the House the budget that chamber passed less than a day earlier, but increasing higher education funding by 2.5 percent and lowering the overall spend number to $31.53 billion. Only three Senators—Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)—opposed the spending plan. The spending plan voted on by the Senate Wednesday found its $40 million increase to be shared by Pennsylvania’s state-related schools by shifting money from lines said not to be priorities to the House or the governor and was able to obtain its bipartisan support by increasing funding in areas like the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
As some of you may have heard by now, Pennsylvania could be on track to an on-time state budget for the first time in Gov. Tom Wolf's young administration. But before you break out the party hats and start planning celebrations for 12:01 a.m. on July 1, here are the five things you need to know about where things stand:
Today is June 30, which means it's the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year is nearly upon us.
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 29, 2016 4:55 PM