Pennlive.com reports, “Following a trend that’s persisted for much of the year, Pennsylvania’s November revenue collections ran 3.8 percent behind budget estimates. In all, the state pulled in $2 billion which, in real terms, meant it fell $79.5 million behind anticipated revenue.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, “A report released by the nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office said the state was on track to fall more than $500 million short of what it needs to make it through this fiscal year, and that the deficit could grow to $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year if current policies remain in place.”
The CLEAR Coalition today urged GOP leaders in both the Senate and House to stop playing political games and end the budget stalemate by working toward a compromise on a real budget that funds our schools and cleans up the state’s fiscal mess.
Republicans are poised to pass a state budget that adds a grand total of $8 million in new basic education funding, or roughly 3 cents per student for each school day and less than 1 percent of the $1 billion that was cut from classrooms in the last four Republican-backed budgets.
Leaders of the CLEAR Coalition today urged Republican lawmakers to end the political games and focus on a state budget that restores the devastating cuts to our public schools and other critical state programs.