HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll ask the Republican-controlled Legislature for another $200 million for public schools next year, while he still fights for more money in this year’s budget.
Wolf made the announcement Tuesday, a week before he delivers next year’s budget proposal to lawmakers.
A $365 million increase was part of a bipartisan budget deal agreed to by House and Senate Republican majority leaders for this fiscal year. Combined, the two-year increase would bring state aid for public school operations and instruction up to $6.3 billion. That’s an overall increase of 10 percent.
However, the bipartisan deal collapsed amid rank-and-file House GOP resistance to the accompanying tax increase Wolf had sought to boost education spending and narrow a long-term deficit.
Billions for schools and universities remain in limbo.