Call to fund Pa. schools in the event of a budget stalemate

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 23, 2015 3:09 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A lawmaker from Lancaster County is calling for public schools to receive funding even if a state budget is not in place. 

An expected standoff between Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature may place the June 30th budget deadline in jeopardy.

Senator Ryan Aument says his bill is aimed at addressing that possibility.

"I think it's important that we ensure that our students and our schools are not used as pawns in a budget negotiation battle, that are not negotiating chips in a budget stalemate," he says.

Aument notes Republican Representative Dave Hicknernell, whose district includes portions of Lancaster and Dauphin counties, plans to introduce a similar plan in the House.

"Representative Hickernell and I will very soon be introducing legislation that will ensure that payment of the basic ed subsidy to school districts in cases when the appropriation is not enacted by August 15 of any year," he says.

The proposal would establish the Emergency Basic Education Subsidy Fund with allocations at the previous year's levels.

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