Both the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate passed House Bill 790, the General Appropriations bill, and it has been signed by the Governor. This $33.997 billion spending plan, reached as a compromise with the Governor, contains no new taxes or fees. It represents a 1.8% increase over 2018-19. It is anticipated that there will be a little under $300 million transferred to the Rainy-Day Fund, the first time in decades the General Assembly has set aside funds.
The Governor also signed House Bill 1615 and it is now Act 14 of 2019. Act 14 includes a number of updates and new provisions to the Pennsylvania School Code, including reconvening the special education funding commission, changing the compulsory school age, increasing the EITC, extending the moratorium on PlanCon and shifting social security funds.
Click here for a summary of the key highlights of the Education Budget and here for a summary of the School Code Bill.
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