Gov. Tom Wolf’s new budget proposal requests hundreds of millions of dollars more for Pennsylvania’s schools, as well as a sprinkling of money for new voting machines and new programs to improve worker training and the agricultural sector.
The Democrat is also seeking new college benefits for members of the National Guard who re-enlist and tuition aid for community college students who remain in Pennsylvania.
Wolf released the $34.1 billion spending plan Tuesday to a joint session of the Republican-controlled Legislature. It’s his first since winning a second term, and is relatively modest compared to some earlier plans.
Wolf is seeking authorization for another $1.9 billion in new spending, or nearly 6 percent more. The higher spending would go toward public schools, pension obligations and social services.