(HARRISBURG) – Today the State Senate voted 47 to 3 to pass an on-time, bi-partisan 2016-17 budget, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). The budget will boost state funding for education to the highest level in history and make substantial investments in vital state services and programs.
Scarnati explained that Senate Bill 1073 supports core functions of government, and invests $245 million more in basic education, special education, and Pre-K Counts, while also providing a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. The investment of these state dollars will play an important role in helping to keep property taxes in line.
“I am very pleased that the Senate has passed a bi-partisan budget, which takes the next step in completing an on-time and balanced 2016-17 budget by the June 30th deadline,” Scarnati said. “Senate Bill 1073 makes substantial investments in education and vital state services – helping to strengthen our Commonwealth.”
Scarnati highlighted the need to invest in our children and their futures by increasing funding for basic education, early intervention programs, special education and higher education. As a result of this budget, school districts in the 25th Senatorial District will see an increase of $3,637,250 or 2.2% over last year’s basic education funding.
The budget also includes $15 million to address the state’s opioid epidemic, $11 million in additional funding for veteran’s homes, an additional $345 million to help reduce the state’s pension debt and funding for three new Pennsylvania State Police cadet classes.“Throughout the past year, I have heard from my constituents who have told me they do not want the state to see another painful budget impasse that hurts schools and community organizations,” Scarnati said. “We were able to work together to craft a budget that holds the line on broad-based taxes, boosts funding for schools, and addresses the heroin and opioid addiction crisis. This will continue to provide a high level of funding for our schools, while helping to provide vital services in our communities.”
Senate Bill 1073 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for their review.
*Below is a breakdown of basic education funding estimates for schools in the 25th Senatorial District from Senate Bill 1073:
2016-2017 Funding Increase from 2015-2016
Cameron County· Cameron County SD $5,388,907
Clearfield County· DuBois Area SD $15,667,103
Clinton County· Keystone Central SD $20,257,452
Elk County· Johnsonburg Area SD
· Ridgway Area SD $5,106,515
· Saint Marys Area SD $6,536,041
Jefferson County· Brockway Area SD $6,983,281
· Brookville Area SD $8,965,971
· Punxsutawney Area SD $15,341,891
McKean County· Bradford Area SD $12,993,674
· Kane Area SD
· Otto-Eldred SD
· Port Allegany SD $7,262,208
· Smethport Area SD $6,482,424
Potter County· Austin Area SD
· Coudersport Area SD $4,275,445
· Galeton Area SD $2,139,777
· Northern Potter SD $4,281,559
· Oswayo Valley SD $3,619,480
Tioga County· Northern Tioga SD $12,378,322
· Southern Tioga SD $8,710,610
· Wellsboro Area SD $6,090,292
TOTAL Funding for
25th Senatorial District