House GOP leader questions Wolf’s school funding decisions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A top Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives wants the state treasurer to weigh in on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to distribute state aid to public schools.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph wrote Treasurer Timothy Reese on Tuesday, saying Wolf vetoed legislation that would have given him authority to distribute $150 million in public school aid.

That’s on top of nearly $6 billion in aid already going to public schools for instruction and operations.

Treasury spokesman Scott Sloat says his agency doesn’t expect to field those funding requests until June, near the end of the state’s fiscal year. He says it’s premature now to say if those requests will be legal.

Wolf’s office says his funding decisions align with provisions in the main budget bill that he let become law without his signature earlier this month.

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