- (Jul 15) Gov. Tom Wolf: Good news from Harrisburg, The timely passage of a strong budget bodes well for Pa.
by Governor Tom Wolf
After months of negotiations and compromise, Pennsylvania has secured a 2016-2017 state budget that increases funding for schools, devotes resources to battle the opioid-abuse epidemic and reduces the deficit. As has been said by Republicans and Democrats alike, this is a budget Pennsylvania can be proud of, and it puts us ...
- (Jul 15) State universities to see a $178 tuition increase, smallest in nine years
by Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors on Thursday approved a $178 tuition increase for state universities this fall – the smallest hike in nine years.
Full-time in-state students will pay a base tuition rate of $7,238 a year for the 2016-17 academic year, up from $7,060 ...
- (Jul 15) Lesson learned?: Public outrage likely forced a faster state budget
By the Editorial Board
If the comparatively swift delivery of a budget is any sign, state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf heard loud and clear the public’s dissatisfaction with the previous year’s gridlock. If they have some momentum going now, they should use it to press forward on other important issues.
The standoff over the 2015-2016 ...
- (Jul 14) Pedro A. Rivera: New state budget invests in Wilkes-Barre Area students, and boosts Pennsylvania’s prospects
By Pedro A. Rivera, PA Secretary of Education – Guest columnist
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre)
The 2016-17 budget provides a significant step forward for Pennsylvania schools.
It will help promote student success, and improve access to a high-quality education – regardless of a child’s ZIP code. Working with our partners in the Legislature, we are moving Pennsylvania forward by ...
- (Jul 14) Pa. budget deal with education funding boost hinged on compromise, avoiding controversy
From Keystone Crossroads
The dust has settled on the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget, and, as usual, debates over education funding and policy dominated much of the negotiations.
Last year this time, Democrats and Republicans were still miles apart on budget talks, and it took until March to come to resolution.
This year, a final deal was hashed out a ...