Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

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FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaks during a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. For years the federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found to have serious health, safety or sanitary problems. Lawmakers […]

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is wading into a budget-season fight in Pennsylvania and asking Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf not to veto legislation to substantially expand state taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools.

Toomey wrote to Wolf on Monday, saying tens of thousands of children are waiting for the taxpayer-funded aid to help pay their tuition.

The Republican-controlled Legislature sent the bill to Wolf earlier this month, with votes from just four Democrats. Wolf said last week that it doesn’t help improve Pennsylvania’s public schools and Democratic lawmakers criticize the legislation as doling out money to families of means who don’t need the financial help.

The program effectively lets corporations and business people direct tens of millions in tax dollars to favored private and religious schools.

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