(Jan 17) Sources: Corbett to propose boost in education funding

Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau  Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:08 PM

HARRISBURG – Gov. Corbett will propose hundreds of millions of dollars in new education funding as the centerpiece of the budget he unveils next month, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Addressing one of his perceived political liabilities, the governor will call for what one source described as a “major investment” in basic education with more modest investments for colleges.

The details, including where the money will come from, remain under wraps. But one source estimated the plan will call for $200 million in new funds, and others said the governor hopes to rely on pension reform to net $100 million.

A Corbett spokesman would not confirm or deny the plan Thursday. “We won’t release any details of the proposal,” said spokesman Jay Pagni.

Full story: Sources: Corbett to propose boost in education funding Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/16/14

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