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PA Senate Passes 2016-2017 Budget with New Investments in Education

Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on passage of 2016-17 State Budget :: June 29, 2016
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2016-17 State Budget :: June 29, 2016
Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on passage of 2016-17 State Budget

I am pleased to share that the Senate of Pennsylvania has overwhelmingly passed a budget that provides $250 million in new funding for education.

This includes:

  • $200 million increase for Basic Education

  • $30 million increase for Pre-K and Head Start

  • $20 million increase for Special Education

The budget also contains a significant increase for higher education, including $3.6 million for Temple University, $352,000 for Lincoln University, $5.6 million for community colleges, and $288,000 for Cheyney University’s Keystone Honors Academy. There is also more funding for loans and grants from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

This is a significant achievement given the current political and fiscal climate in Harrisburg. The budget is not perfect, but it represents a bipartisan compromise and makes important investments. It allows lawmakers to move beyond the stalemate from last year.
Please watch the video of my remarks on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate as well as my statement on the budget.

State Senator Vincent Hughes

Senator Hughes Statement on Passage of State Budget

HughesHarrisburg, June 29th, 2016 – State Senator Vincent Hughes today voted with the majority of the Pennsylvania Senate to pass a $31.53 billion General Fund budget. The bill offers an on-time budget that contains a modest increase funding for public education and makes other investments. The bill, which passed the Senate 47 to 3, will now be sent back to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for concurrence.

“This budget represents a bipartisan compromise that delivers an increase in funding for education in a very difficult fiscal and political climate,” said Senator Hughes. “There were many people who wanted to do nothing for our public schools. That is why I have joined with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make this on-time budget a reality.”

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Senate Passes State Budget, but Sources of Funding Still Murky

By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley | June 30, 2016

HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled Legislature appears determined to beat the clock and send Gov. Tom Wolf a budget before the start of the new fiscal year.

Less than 24 hours after the House passed a $31.5 billion spending plan, the Senate on Wednesday tweaked the proposal and swiftly passed it in a 47-3 floor vote. The measure won the vote of every Democrat — a strong signal that it has tacit support from the Democratic governor.

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Senate Makes “Minor Changes” to Pa. Budget Bill, Sends Back to House

By Matt Maisel and Felix Rodrigues Lima | June 29, 2016

VideoHARRISBURG, Pa. -- With the intention of sending Governor Tom Wolf a state budget for him to sign at the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, the state Senate agreed with nearly everything the House sent over less than a day earlier.

Senators approved the budget plan by a vote of 47 to 3 on Wednesday. It will need to be ratified by the House before landing on Gov. Wolf's desk.

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Senate Advances House Budget Bill, with Funding in Limbo

By Marc Levy | June 29, 2016

videoHARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Senate took quick action on the House's just-passed budget package Wednesday, a day before the state government's fiscal-year deadline, although divisions remained over how to pay for the nearly $31.6 billion spending plan.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 47-3 after making changes to the plan the House passed a day earlier with bipartisan support.

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Senate makes “minor changes” to Pa. budget bill, sends back to House Senate Advances House Budget Bill, with Funding in Limbo

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