Three weeks worth of hearings on Pennsylvania’s 2014-2015 budget began Monday morning.
Governor Tom Corbett has offered a proposed $29.4 billion spending plan. The next phase of ironing out a budget is for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to hear more about the plan. They will be questioning department heads about what is and is not in Corbett’s proposal. The hearings allow members of the General Assembly and the public to fully take in all that is included in the Governor’s proposal.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph told Radio PA News lines for epilepsy funding, Tourette syndrome, bio-tech research and heritage parks have been omitted.
Some Senate Democratic leaders are questioning the budget proposal for education, even though the Corbett administration has included spending increases. The Governor’s proposed $240-million block grant would come with spending restrictions.