Senator Corman Celebrates Forward Movement on 2015-16 Budget, Looks to Move Conversation to 2016-17 Spending Plan

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(HARRISBURG) – Senator Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement on finalizing the 2015-16 budget:

“This afternoon, Governor Wolf announced that he would not sign, but would also not veto, the 2015-16 budget,” Senator Corman said. “He did indicate that he will veto the fiscal code, which includes a funding formula for school construction costs. We will be working through this to determine what implications this will cause and how to best address them moving forward.

“This budget contains millions of new dollars for education and keeps our schools from closing their doors. It restores the funding for our agricultural community and means Penn State won’t lay off 1,100 employees. Rural hospitals receive their funding as do regional cancer centers, poison control facilities and more. Penn State and other colleges will receive their state dollars. The examples are endless.

“If the Governor sticks to his word and allows this to become law, we are now able to move the conversation to the 2016-17 budget. Of course there are some challenges and we are meeting them with the spirit that we need to get this done. The citizens of Pennsylvania have spoken that we need to get this done and we are hopeful we can continue to negotiate with the Governor. We are happy to be moving forward.”

CONTACT:    Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377

jkocher@pasen.gov