McGarrigle Urges Governor to Sign Bill Restoring Education Funds


Harrisburg –Standing outside one of the area schools that had funding vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) on Monday called on the Governor to sign legislation restoring the funds.

Senator McGarrigle joined House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) and Representative Jamie Santora (R-163) at Westbrook Park Elementary School in the Upper Darby School District.

Upper Darby lost nearly $2 million in education funding when Governor Wolf vetoed the Fiscal Code that laid out how to spend the $200 million the General Assembly included in the recent 2015-16 supplemental budget. The Fiscal Code vetoed by the Governor included the school funding formula recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission.

It included $656,000 in Basic Education funding and $1.2 million in construction and renovation reimbursements for the Upper Darby School District.

“As a result of the Governor’s action, 428 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts – including Upper Darby – will receive less money to educate our children,” said McGarrigle. “The good news is, the General Assembly has passed a new Fiscal Code, one that removed items the Governor found objectionable, and one that the Governor should sign.”

The new Fiscal Code, House Bill 1589, was approved by a strong bipartisan vote large enough to override another veto. It restored a total $439 million in school funding– $150 million for instruction and another $289 million for PlanCON school construction and renovation.

In the 26th Senatorial District, the legislation restores a combined $5.68 million — $1.78 million for instruction and $3.88 million for construction.

“By signing House Bill 1589, the Governor will not only be restoring vital funding to schools caught up in the state budget drama, he’ll be essentially closing the book on the 2015-16 budget debacle, allowing us to focus on enacting a responsible 2016-17 spending plan,” said McGarrigle. “I urge the Governor to right this wrong and sign House Bill 1589.”

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