During the 2016-2017 budget season, we accomplished three important priorities that are critical to moving Pennsylvania forward. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf secured increased funding for our schools, resources to battle the commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, and greatly reduced our deficit.
1. education funding
Funding our schools has always been a top priority for Governor Wolf. In this budget, he was able to secure an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, a $20 million increase for special education, and a $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in less than two years:
- $415 million in basic education funding.
- $60 million for early childhood education.
- $50 million in special education funding.
- $14.6 million for early intervention
- $81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools.
- $16.4 million for Community Colleges.
2. addiction treatment funding
Governor Wolf was able to work with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis and expand treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people that currently are not able to access treatment.
3. deficit reduction
When Governor Wolf took office, Pennsylvania was facing a deficit of more than $2 billion, and while we have more work to do, today, the commonwealth’s deficit has been significantly reduced.
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