Pennsylvania's proposed budget focuses on education

By Jillian Marshall

Pennsylvania's proposed budget focuses on education

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM EDT

Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett presented the state's proposed budget plan for 2014-2015 fiscal year on Tuesday.

The Republican gave the budget address in front of the General Assembly in Harrisburg.

Corbett said the $29.4 billion spending plan is focused on education.

He is proposing $314 million for a new program, Ready to Learn, to promote academic excellence in public schools. His education plan would add $10 million to the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program and increase the state's special education funding.

"Every school should always be a welcoming place for children with special needs, just as our whole state should be," Corbett said.

He said school districts have not seen an increase in special education funding in six years.

"In this budget, I am proposing an increase of $20 million in special education funding to make sure that every child has a chance to succeed," Corbett said.

The Governor also touched on promoting business development and job creation.

He is proposing to fund four new classes of cadets for the Pennsylvania State Police, adding 350 new state troopers.

The State Senate will begin reviewing the budget on Feb. 10.

Pennsylvania's fiscal year starts July 1.

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