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PA Gov. Wants To Restore Education Funding To School Districts, Colleges

Delivering on a promise that helped bring him victory, Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing an education budget for 2015-16 that seeks to restore funding for public schools and higher education that his predecessor, Tom Corbett, wiped way.

Wolf’s first budget, released Tuesday, calls for a $400 million increase to basic education subsidies in 2015-16, bringing the total to $6.1 billion. He vowed to raise the level by a total of $2 billion over four years, using a new Marcellus Shale tax to pay for it.

Higher education institutions, which saw their funding slashed 20 percent and then go flat under Corbett, would see their funding restored faster — over two years.