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Wolf will ask lawmakers for another $200M for public schools

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 2, 2016 4:00 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll ask the Republican-controlled Legislature for another $200 million for public schools next year, while he still fights for more money in this year's budget.

Wolf made the announcement Tuesday, a week before he delivers next year's budget proposal to lawmakers.

A $365 million increase was part of a bipartisan budget deal agreed to by House and Senate Republican majority leaders for this fiscal year. Combined, the two-year increase would bring state aid for public school operations and instruction up to $6.3 billion. That's an overall increase of 10 percent.

However, the bipartisan deal collapsed amid rank-and-file House GOP resistance to the accompanying tax increase Wolf had sought to boost education spending and narrow a long-term deficit.

Billions for schools and universities remain in limbo.

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