Governor Tom Wolf Rejects GOP Budget That Cuts $95 Million From Education

Schools statewide have borrowed almost $1 billion to survive the budget stalemate, which unfortunately doesn’t appear to have have an end in sight.

Governor Tom Wolf rejected the proposed GOP budget on Tuesday that cuts $95 million from education and is “out-of-balance.”

“I’m calling on our legislators to get back to Harrisburg – back to the work they left unfinished last week,” Wolf said. “In the meantime I’m vetoing their $95 million cut to education.”

Wolf went so far as to call the legislation the Republican leaders presented “garbage” and accused them of trying to dump it on their fellow representatives. “This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania,” he said. “And our legislators – the folks we elected to serve us – need to own up to this. They need to do their jobs. This budget is wrong for so many reasons.”

The biggest criticism of the proposed budget was the fact it just didn’t add up. It leaves a half a billion dollar hole for 2015-16 and another $2 billion hole for the following year. “This exercise in stupidity actually cuts education funding by $95 million compared to the draconian Corbett budgets,” he said.

Wolf added before legislators left rushed to leave town for the holidays they, “also neglected to provide any funding for Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University, Temple, Penn School of Veterinary Science.”

The Governor proposed a $1 billion investment in education for 2015-16 in the spring. In his proposal, Penn State was allocated $282.5 million of that amount, which was a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Wolf’s proposed budget, which was ultimately rejected, showed his clear dedication to the restoration of university funding.

“This budget is doubly frustrating because we were so close to a reasonable one,” Wolf said.

During the budget impasse, Penn State is helping students while the government is withholding aid. The university is temporarily allocating funds to the students’ bursar accounts, essentially acting as a placeholder until the actual state grant aid can be disbursed.

“Let’s get back to the work the people of Pennsylvania sent you here to do,” Wolf concluded. “Let’s get back to work to finish the job you almost finished last week.”

You can watch Governor Wolf’s complete remarks rejecting the republican plan to cut education below, or you can read the transcript here.

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