Pa. school-funding bill goes into effect Monday

Pennsylvania's bill to fund schools and borrow for construction goes into effect Monday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Part of Pennsylvania’s budget will become law Monday nearly 10 months after it was due.

The bill distributes money to fund school districts and authorizes borrowing for school construction costs.

Governor Tom Wolf said he’ll allow the bill to go into effect without his signature. It’s a companion bill to the full budget.

School districts will get $200 million in state aid under the bill. Deciding which districts should get the most money was a major part of the debate at the state House.

Wolf wanted $400 million for school funding, but the state only got half of that. Republican lawmakers pushed against it because they didn’t want any new tax increases.

The bill also authorizes up to $2.5 billion in borrowing for school construction costs. Districts complained they’ve been waiting for years for that money.

Wolf also allowed the main budget bill to go into effect without his signature last month. That came after a long fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The governor says he’s “adamant” lawmakers restore budget cuts that happened under Governor Tom Corbett.

Lawmakers will have to get right back to the drawing board because the 2016-2017 fiscal budget is due on July 1.

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