Pennsylvania’s $1.1B education spending projections questioned

(The Center Square) – Gov. Josh Shapiro wants to spend $1.1 billion more on education during his second year in office.

It’s the first installment in a multi-year, multi-billion dollar plan to fulfill the state’s constitutional duty to fund poor and wealthy school districts equitably, while also paying for building repairs, and special and early education programs.

For the remaining two years of his administration, however, budget documents show no additional boosts when projecting future spending.

Critics say this is unrealistic given the state’s mounting investment into public schools and private tuition tax credits. So why does the administration balance the books this way?

It’s unclear. The Center Square reached out to the governor’s office for comment, but did not receive a response.

For House Republicans’ most vocal budget analyzer, however, he believes it’s a dishonest way to conceal the real depth of the budget deficit that lies ahead.

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