(June 9) Pa. House OKs school construction payment process

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 7:18 pm

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill to modernize the handling of state reimbursements for school construction projects amid Democrats’ criticism that it won’t help cash-strapped districts.

The 109-86 vote will send the measure to the Senate.

The bill would create an electronic database of construction projects and streamline what is now a largely paper-driven system administered by the Department of Education, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Seth Grove.

A moratorium on new reimbursement applications, proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett and approved by the Legislature, was imposed in October 2012. The state has limited reimbursements to $296 million a year since then.

Full story: Pa. House OKs school construction payment process Associated Press, 6/9/14

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