Senate OKs PA Budget Expenses, Not Revenue

Senate OKs PA Budget Expenses, Not RevenueHARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania senators, including Sen. Bob Mensch – whose 24th District includes Schwenksville and Trappe boroughs, and Upper and Lower Frederick, Upper and Lower Salford, Skippack, and Perkiomen townships – voted overwhelmingly this morning (Friday, June 30, 2017) to support a state 2017-2018 general fund budget of nearly $32 billion.

The budget expense sheet offers some relief for those Perkiomen Valley municipalities that lack police departments, and instead rely on Pennsylvania State Police for law enforcement, Mensch said. The bill does not include the governor’s proposal to charge municipalities for the troopers’ coverage.

The budget also includes several items that public school advocates hoped would be kept. It retains increases for basic education funding, special education, and early intervention programs, and restores money previously cut from the school district transportation program, according to Mensch.

After the Senate’s 43-7 vote, Mensch said, the spending plan was returned to the House of Representatives for its vote. What doesn’t accompany the budget, though, is a way to pay for it, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reported a revenue package has yet to be finalized by legislators, and probably will not be ready if a fully approved expense budget is sent to Gov. Tom Wolf later today (the state deadline for budget adoption) for his signature. It is unknown if Wolf will approve the spending figures without knowing where the money’s coming from, the news service said.

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