McNeill lauds historic education funding in state budget deal

HARRISBURG, July 7 –  State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said she applauds the historic $1.1 billion increase in education funding that was part of the bipartisan budget deal which passed the House of Representatives today.

“Making investments in education means making investments in Pennsylvania’s future and I am pleased to see such a truly historic investment in education in this year’s state budget,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “This funding will help ensure every student has a chance to succeed.”

McNeill said these Basic Education Funding amounts will be awarded to the following school districts in the 133rd Legislative District:

  • Catasauqua Area School District - $5.29 million (7.0% increase over last year).
  • Salisbury Twp. School District - $3.14 million (14.7% increase over last year).
  • Whitehall-Coplay School District - $10.6 million (16.1% increase over last year).

McNeill added other positive highlights in the state spending plan include $140 million for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and increased investments for long-term living and nursing facilities, as well as funding for clean streams, and water and sewer projects.

“The state budget process is never easy but spending plans like this one do not come that often. To be able to support these programs and still set aside funding in the state’s Rainy Day Fund for emergencies means this is a great deal for Pennsylvania and I am proud to support it,” said McNeill.