Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads
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A coalition of Democratic legislators in Harrisburg are calling on the commonwealth to prioritize fixing crumbling school infrastructure with a substantial portion of the federal funds in the latest proposed COVID-19 stimulus package.
The effort is expected to begin by the end of February and include pop-up clinics in school buildings throughout the city.
The governor is also calling for a $1.35 billion increase to the state’s main pot of education cash, which would prevent any districts from seeing a budget cut based on his redistribution proposal.
The proposal would increase the state’s personal income tax from 3.07% to 4.49% in the next fiscal year. About half of the new revenue would go to schools, and the rest would help fill in big, largely pandemic-induced budget gaps.