Highlights of the 2017-18 #PABudget Plan

- Funds Pennsylvania's priorities.
- Increases spending by just 0.2 percent, well below the rate of inflation.
- Core functions of the Pennsylvania government are covered, while successfully restraining additional spending at under $200 million. This was accomplished while facing significant increases in mandated spending (such as pensions, health care and human services).
- Thanks to early actions in the House budget plan that passed on April 4, this final budget plan saves taxpayers hundreds of millions in wasted government spending.


Shrinking the Size of State Government
- The Department of Human Services and the Department of Health will be merged into one.
- Also, the Department of Corrections will also be merged with Probation and Parole.
- These mergers wil help to eliminate government redundancies while still allowing these important state agencies to continue in their individual missions.


The Spending Breakdown

 
view larger


Education Funding
This budget includes the highest levels of school funding in Pennsylvania's history.

 
view larger

- Increases basic education funding through the Fair Funding Formula by $100 million to $5.995 billion.
- Increases early childhood funding (Pre-K Counts and Head Start) by $30 million to $226.5 million.
- Restores Gov. Wolf's harmful pupil transportation cut to school districts.
- Increases special education funding by $25 million to $1.122 billion.
- Sets a record high amount of PreK-12 funding at $11.86 billion. This means that the Republican-led legislatures will have increased Pre-K education by $1 billion over two years.
- Maintains support for Pennsylvania's state-related universities at current levels, and the State System of Higher Education will receive an increase of nearly $9 million.


The Specifics
> Final tracking run for general appropriations bill
> Education funding by school district