GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – WKBN 27 First News continues to follow the Pennsylvania budget battle.
State lawmakers won’t call a session until at least Monday to deal with the spending situation. Governor Tom Wolf has rejected parts of the budget proposal, but did release billions of dollars in overdue payments for schools and social services.
That means area schools like Greenville and Sharpsville that were running out of money will be funded.
And while the situation is nowhere near fixed, 27 First News looked at what Governor Wolf approved yesterday, and there are some clear winners and losers so far:
- Community colleges and 14 state colleges are getting the same amount of money as last year.
- College students who get need-based grants will get money from the state.
- Counties and non-profits can keep domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers up and running.
- Funding was cut to agricultural research, livestock and open dairy shows.
- State prisons’ budget was slashed nearly in half
- Health programs for newborn screening, cancer centers, and services for children with special needs were cut or kept at last year’s levels.
- And medical assistance for services for the poor was pretty much cut in half.