Pa. budget increases education, police funding - abc27 WHTM

Pa. budget increases education, police funding

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The state budget bill signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett would increase funding for public schools by $122 million.

Corbett signed the General Appropriation Bill into law on Sunday evening, before the midnight deadline, hours after both the House and Senate approved the spending plan for the next fiscal year.

The $28.4 billion spending plan does not raise taxes, and brings the total spent on public schools to $10 billion. Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs receive an extra $6.4 million.

Funding to Pennsylvania's state-related universities and State System of Higher Education schools remain at current levels.

The spending plan additionally provides an increase of $8 million for the attorney general's office, including an additional $3 million for the Child Predator Interception Unit, plus new funds to modernize technology in the Auditor General's office.

An additional $14 million is included in the state police budget to provide for three new cadet classes, or about 300 cadets.

The Department of Health received additional funding to reduce the waiting lists for services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and services to people with disabilities.

The budget also restored funds for diabetes programs and poison control centers and added funding for epilepsy support, ALS support and biotechnology research.


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