2021-22 State Budget

Proposed Budget Highlights

Basic Education:

  • Full funding of public schools through the Fair Funding Formula
  • $1.35 billion increase to basic education funding
  • $1 billion in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants to address school infrastructure needs in PA
  • $200 million for special education
  • Releases up to $36 million for additional scholarship to students under the Education Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Programs) 
  • $25 million for Pre-K Counts
  • $11 million increase for Early intervention programs
  • $5 million for the Head Start Supplemental Program
  • Charter School reform for $229 million in savings to school districts
  • Sets cyber charter tuition rates at $9,500 per student
  • Push for $45,000 minimum salary per year for teachers

Higher Education:

  • $199 million for free and affordable college through the Nellie Bly Tuition Program
  • Level funding for higher education

Workforce Development:

  • Proposes minimum wage increase to $12 per hour on July 1, 2021, with a path to $15 per hour
  • Tax deductions for low- and middle-income families
  • Provide $3 billion to workers and businesses to stabilize the economy and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Back to Work PA plan
  • Improves food security and supports farmers by investing $1 million in the Pennsylvania Agriculture Surplus System (PASS)

Human Services:

  • Directs $87 million in federal funding to Child Care Works base rates and create a more stable business environment for child care facilities while improving equal access to child care services
  • $8.3 million to help county and municipal health departments fight COVID-19
  • 13.8 million to provide home and community-based services to 100 individuals with disabilities on waiting list and provide services through the Community Living Waiver to 732 individuals on waiting list
  • Additional $1 million to fund legal services for low-income individuals and families, an issue the caucus has pushed for and will continue to fight for in future budgets
  • $1.25 million for 20 Community Hospital Integration Projects Program (CHIPP) to help reduce state hospital populations
  • $1 million to reduce the number of children and youth in out-of-home placements triggered by homelessness, housing instability, or inadequate housing
PA Budget 2021-2022 - Overview
PA Budget 2021-2022 - Education
PA Budget 2021-2022 - Workforce Development
PA Budget 2021-2022 - Higher Education
PA Budget 2021-2022 - Human Resources

2021-22 Budget Hearings

Monday, March 8, 2021

10:00 am – Independent Fiscal Office
2:00 pm –  Department of Revenue/Lottery
3:00 pm – Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
2:00 pm – Department of Transportation
3:00 pm – Pennsylvania Treasury Department

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Human Services
1:30 pm –  Department of Human Services (Continued)

Thursday, March 11, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Environmental Protection
1:30 pm – Department of State

Thursday, March 18, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Education
1:30 pm –  Department of Education (Continued)
3:00 pm – PA State System of Higher Education

Monday, March 22, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Corrections / Board of Probation & Parole
2:00 pm – Department of Community & Economic Development

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

10:00 am – State-Related Universities
1:00 pm –  Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
3:00 pm – Pennsylvania Treasury Department

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

10:00 am – PA Liquor Control Board
1:00 pm –  Office of Attorney General
3:00 pm – Office of Auditor General

Thursday, April 8, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Labor & Industry
2:00 pm –  Department of Agriculture

Thursday, April 22, 2021

10:00 am – Department of Health
2:00 pm –  Budget Secretary / Governor’s Executive Office & Department of General Services

Budget Address

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