Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) was pleased that the most recent fiscal code, approved by the Senate and the House, would become law without the Governor’s signature. This step enables 24th Senatorial School Districts to receive even more funding and bring a close to the 2015-16 budget.
“The 2015-16 budget is now finally complete,” said Senator Mensch. “The newest fiscal code allows our school districts to receive more education funding, since it utilizes the fair distribution formula, as well as school construction and renovation reimbursements.”
Earlier in April, Governor Wolf had vetoed the fiscal code that was accompanied with the 2015-16 budget bill (HB1801). After vetoing the original fiscal code, Governor Wolf bypassed the bi-partisan Basic Education Funding Formula (BEFF) which ensures equal and fair distribution of state education funding across Pennsylvania. Instead, he chose to send a majority of the education funds to three school districts (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Chester Upland) while 428 out of 500 of Pennsylvania’s school districts received less money than they would have received under the BEFF.
“We’re moving forward,” said Mensch. “The General Assembly has already begun the preliminary steps of the 2016-17 budget. We all look forward to actively and eagerly completing a fiscally responsible budget that benefits Pennsylvanians.”
The House of Representatives will begin consideration of the legislative vehicle for the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act starting May 2.
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