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Corbett Previews Budget Proposal, Criticizes School Funding

January 23, 2014

In a rare preview of his proposed state budget for the next fiscal year, Governor Tom Corbett called the funding system for schools unfair.

Corbett spoke Wednesday at a press conference announcing an increase for domestic violence efforts and stressed he feels Pennsylvania should get more say for its money.  He said the state’s system of school funding should be changed, and referred to a bill passed by the state House last week that would set up a commission to distribute education money.  The measure has been sent to the Senate.

The Governor is running for re-election, and a host of gubernatorial hopefuls have already announced their election bids.  Education funding is expected to be a major election campaign issue.

Regarding the main issue for which the press conference was scheduled, Corbett said he wants to increase funding for domestic violence and rape crisis services by $2.2 million, or ten percent.  Domestic violence funding would increase by $1.4 million to $15.3 million, and the funding for fifty rape crisis centers would go up by $800,000 to more than $8.7 million.

The Governor also stated Wednesday that administration lawyers are likely to file post-trial motions, and may follow with an appeal following Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley’s ruling last week that struck down a key portion of the state’s new Voter Photo I-D Law.

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