Governor Tom Wolf was due to sign a budget of around $ 40 billion on Wednesday which was passed last week, as he prepared to attend a public event on Capitol Hill to celebrate new funding for public schools.
The hundreds of pages of budget legislation emerged publicly from closed-door negotiations on Friday and were approved within hours by the Republican-controlled legislature.
The package keeps the line on taxes and puts billions of dollars in federal coronavirus aid in reserve for years to come. Smaller amounts of federal aid have also been used to help nursing homes, speed up highway construction projects, and help public schools expand learning programs for children whose upbringing. been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf, a Democrat, touts an additional $ 300 million for school district operations and education, including the unique idea of earmarking $ 100 million strictly for school districts historically disadvantaged by the way Pennsylvania distributes aid to schools. More than half of the money will go to Philadelphia, Allentown and Reading, combined.
In return, Republicans got Wolf’s deal to repeal a regulation to expand the ranks of low-wage workers who must receive time-and-a-half pay for every time they work more than 40 hours a week. The regulations were due to come into effect in October.