State budget: Surplus could offset cuts in education, elsewhere

June 22 – Here’s the good news: It looks like we will have a state budget in place before the July 1 deadline — the first time in nine years — a credit to committed legislative leaders and the governor.

Here’s the bad news: The plan still does not restore enough funding to basic education and is relying too heavily on cutting human services funding.

House and Senate leaders and the governor’s office are in the homestretch of pulling together a budget that is said to be less than the $27.3 billion Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in March. They are meeting regularly and putting together a deal to take to the full General Assembly soon.

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