2014-15 State Budget Information
The 2014-15 state budget responsibly invests in education, public safety, and essential social and health services and programs for our most vulnerable and ailing Pennsylvanians without a tax increase. The plan incorporates feedback from constituents into a budget proposal despite the slowest economic recovery ever.

Total General Fund spending for Fiscal Year 2013-14 is $28.6 billion. General Fund spending for Fiscal Year 2014-15 in House Bill 2328 is $29.1 billion, a modest $502 million increase.
 
> Read the spreadsheet for House Bill 2328 (as passed by PASenate & PAHouse)
> Balance Sheet
> House Bill 2328 School District Funding (broken down by district)


Investing in Education

The 2014-15 state budget prudently appropriates state moneys without a tax increase while increasing preK-12 education spending to record levels – nearly 40 percent of the entire budget. The highest amount of state funding for education in history!

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This budget reaffirms the House Republican members’ commitment to providing Pennsylvania’s young people with a quality education from the youngest ages through their college years.

- Increases Basic Education Funding to a record investment for Pennsylvania’s preK-12 programs to $10.5 billion, which represents nearly 40 percent of the entire Commonwealth budget for FY 2014-2015.
- Introduces a new $200 million funding program, Ready to Learn Block Grant, that supplements the existing $100 million Accountability Block Grant Program with an additional $100 million to support academic achievement with flexible uses like establishing, expanding and maintaining quality kindergarten and Pre-K programs, Hybrid Learning, curriculum alignment and other uses approved by PDE.
- Helping young learners, this budget increases funding for the Pre-K Counts program to $97.2 million, and funds the Head Start Program with $39.17 million.
- The budget increases Special Education dollars to $1.046 billion in total funding.

House Bill 2328 maintains state support for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities and State System of Higher Education schools at current levels with the exceptions of Pennsylvania College of Technology and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, which both received $2 million increases in funding:
- Penn State University ($214 million)
- Temple University ($139.9 million)
- University of Pittsburgh ($136.3 million)
- Lincoln University ($13.2 million)

- Introduces a new program implemented by PHEAA, the Ready to Succeed Scholarship, a $5 million investment in merit-based scholarships for students who demonstrate academic achievement and come from families with household income of less than $110,000.
- Community Colleges will receive an additional $4.7 million.
- Increases spending on Mobile Science and Math Education Programs by 115.7 percent to $1.86 million.
- Provides $61.1 million for the state’s libraries.


Other Highlights

- The PA State Police will receive $897 million in overall funding support from both the General Fund and the Motor License Fund – an increase of $63.4 million or 7.4% when compared to FY 2013-14. This funding provides for four new cadet classes to train 350 troopers.
- The Corrections department is receiving an increase of $61.2 million, or 3.1% so its total budget will rise to $2.06 billion.
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A $2.5 million increase in the PENNCARE program will be for the following new initiatives: $1.1 million to provide home and community-based services to 500 individuals on the OPTIONS waiting list and $1.4 million to expand attendant care services to an additional 204 recipients who have ‘aged out’ of the DPW program.PENNCARE also includes $12.9M to annualize (provide full-year services )to seniors who were brought off the OPTIONS waiting list in the current year and $4.2 million to continue service to current Attendant Care consumers.
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Agriculture funding will increase by 2.5% over the last fiscal year. $500,000 in funding has been added for the various Ag Excellence programs. Penn State Agriculture Research and Extension is level funded.
- Environmental Program Management increases $2.37 million or 9% to continue current program operations and account for a planned reduction in federal revenues.

More details available at PABudget.com

PA House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph on the final PA House Budget Passage



PA House Majority Leader Mike Turzai on the final PA House Budget Passage

Resources

Get detailed information on state budget proceedings on PABudget.com, the PAHouseGOP Appropriations Committee site

Spreadsheet for the governor's 2014-15 state budget proposal

Budget Hearings


PAHouse Appropriations Committee budget hearing schedule (see video of completed hearings)