Sims hails education funding increases in Wolf's budget proposal

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., praised the education funding increases Gov. Tom Wolf will propose Tuesday in his yearly budget address.

"I've been proud to work with Governor Wolf and my Democratic colleagues to restore the funding that Corbett-Republican cuts took from K-12 and higher education, but I want to keep going in the direction of full and fair funding. I support the return of local control of Philadelphia public schools driven by Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney, but we need to have levels of state funding to help our young people succeed," Sims said.

Sims said Wolf's proposal will reaffirm their shared commitment to increasing funding for public education at all levels. Since Wolf took office in January 2015, Pennsylvania has made sustained investments in education, including restoring the cuts made under the Corbett administration, increasing the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by nearly 50 percent and enacting a fair funding formula.

Sims said Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include:

  • $100 million increase in basic education;
  • $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;
  • $20 million increase for special education;
  • $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and
  • $10 million for career and technical education.

"The governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA," Sims said. "We're pushing for quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes."

 More information about the Plan For PA is available at https://pahouse.com/.

###