FY13 Budget Moves to State House

Release Date: June 4, 2012

 
What's happened so far in the Pennsylvania state budget? 
 
On February 7th, Governor Corbett outlined his proposed 2012-2013 Pennsylvania budget. With shortfalls in total revenue to the state, the budget calls for steep cuts to programs that support low-income, working families and high quality early learning, including:
  • Child Care Works and Keystone STARS
  • 5% cuts in Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance
  • Eliminates the Accountability Block Grant, a major source of funding for pre-k and full-day kindergarten.
In May, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a budget bill (SB1466) that restores some of the cuts proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett, including:
  • Restoring Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program funding to 2011-12 budget levels.
  • Restoring $50 million (of the $100 million proposed cut) for the Accountability Block Grant program
  • BUT, the Senate proposed a potentially disastrous cut of $8.7 million to the Keystone STARS program, and failed to restore the governor’s $24 million cuts to the Child Care Works, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship and Keystone STARS programs.
In early June, the budget moved to the House. This week, House members will vote on amendments to restore cuts to budget enacted by the governor and senate. Several house members in both parties have proposed amendments that restore cuts to child care subsidy, Keystone STARS and TEACH Scholarship.
 
Stay tuned for more information on the PA 2012-2013 early childhood education budget.