Issue Spotlight: Investing in Education & the Economy
There is a strong link between the educational attainment of a state’s workforce and both productivity and workers’ pay, according to a new study from the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). Expanding access to high-quality education will create more economic opportunity for Pennsylvania residents and do more to strengthen the state’s overall economy than anything else.
The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved and the Governor has signed a 2013-14 state budget that spends $28.376 billion. The plan includes a small increase to basic education funding, $122.5 million overall. Read PBPC's full analysis.
Total Pre-K through 12 education funding in Pennsylvania will reach $10 billion under the Governor's proposed 2013-14 budget, but classroom funding remains below 2010-11 levels. Higher education, meanwhile, is flat funded. Check out our education infographics.
The governor’s budget does little to reduce the trend of disinvestment in Pennsylvania schools and communities. It relies heavily on speculative and one-time sources of funding, and proposes expensive new corporate tax breaks that will continue to shift costs to local taxpayers. Read PBPC's media statement.
The plan largely resembles a Senate-passed budget, spending below 2008-09 levels. It excludes plans to block grant education funding and county human services. Get line item details, funding by school district and more.