Senate Votes to Release Billions in Withheld Payments to Schools, Critical Funding for Social Service Agencies

(HARRISBURG) – The state Senate today passed an $11.2 billion temporary state funding plan, voting to send tax dollars being collected by the Pennsylvania State Treasury back to communities, including $1 billion in missed payments to schools and hundreds of millions of dollars to social services agencies, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

The move is the latest effort by Senate Republicans to help schools, counties, municipalities, agencies and contractors that saw their state payments end on July 1 after Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a balanced, no tax-increase budget on June 30 — almost immediately after its passage by the General Assembly.

“These are important local services that affect our most vulnerable citizens: seniors, school children, at-risk youth, women in dangerous domestic situations,” said Senator Gordner “It is past time to get funding to these critical programs.”

Most of the social service money will go to restore missed payments to county child welfare agencies. Other agencies that will benefit include domestic violence providers, rape crisis centers, homeless assistance groups, human services development funds and special pharmaceutical services.

The three-bill package provides $11.2 billion in state allocations. That represents one-third (four months) of the state funding as authorized by the vetoed budget. The stop-gap budget also allocates thefederal money Pennsylvania administers for schools and local governments.

The stop-gap funding measure now goes to the House for consideration next week.

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