FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2020
Gov. Wolf Signs
Budget to Sustain Education, Support Communities Amid Pandemic
Harrisburg, PA – As Pennsylvania
continues to address public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic,
Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state budget that will provide 12 months
of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels and makes important
investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the
“Education must remain a priority even during a pandemic
and this budget provides schools with the stability to continue building on
the progress we have made to prepare our children for a successful future,”
said Gov. Wolf. "Reaching an early budget agreement under these
challenging circumstances is encouraging as we continue to fight the spread
this is an encouraging step in the right direction, more needs to be done
to ensure Pennsylvania has the resources it needs to protect key programs
The $25.75 billion General
Fund budget in HB 2387 includes an additional $2.6 billion in federal
funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
Act, known as the CARES Act. The budget sustains funding at current year
levels for Pre-K Counts and Head Start, basic and special education in K-12
schools, and higher education. The budget also provides $300 million from
the CARES Act to make up for a decline in gaming revenue that annually
supports school property tax relief for homeowners.
communities to recover, the budget provides $420 million to
assist nursing homes with COVID-19-related costs, $50 million to help
Pennsylvanians with food insecurity and $225 million for grants to small
businesses through the Department of Community and Economic Development.
budget also provides $625 million to counties through block grants to help
address the disruption to their budgets from the pandemic. The funding
will assist counties with the cost of purchasing personal protective
equipment, help local governments, and provide grants to small businesses,
among other options.
“As the state’s economy begins to reopen from the public
health emergency, there are still unanswered questions about the state’s
finances, but this agreement is an important step to stabilize our schools
and put Pennsylvania on a path to recovery,” said Gov. Wolf.
governor also signed HB 1083, HB 2441, HB 2442, HB 2443, HB 2444, HB 2445,
HB 2467, HB 2468, HB 2469, HB 2470, HB 2471, HB 2472, HB 2473, HB 2474, HB
2475, HB 2510, SB 166, SB 1108 and SB 1122. The governor vetoed SB 1027 and
veto message for SB 1027 here.
veto message for HCRRR#1 here.
Lyndsay Kensinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
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