This week, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would let the Republican-sponsored 2015-2016 budget, House Bill 1801, become law without his signature, stating “This will allow for funding to go out to schools and other services in the short term, but we still face enormous problems that this budget does not even pretend to address.”
The bill will become effective on March 27. The governor also indicated his intention to veto House Bill 1327, companion legislation to amend the Fiscal Code to provide for distribution of the 2015-16 basic education subsidy funds under a new funding formula and address PlanCon reimbursement for school construction projects. With no Fiscal code, the money appropriated under House Bill 1801 will be directed out in a manner and time determined by the administration. It is reported that schools will begin receiving funds in the coming weeks.
The PA House and Senate reconvene on Monday, April 4th.