The Senate returned to legislative Session on August 3rd to “sign” the General Fund bill (HB611), with Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward previously stating, “I understand the importance of getting the General Appropriations Budget to the governor before the school year begins, as well as the funding to organizations. Pennsylvanians are counting on us to finish this process and we will by calling the Senate back before the end of August to sign HB 611. It will be sent to the Governor allowing Treasurer Stacy Garrity to disperse the monies where it is needed in a timely manner.”
After signing the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman said, “I would certainly hope that our friends on the other side of the building, even though they are currently tied at 101 to 101, would promptly return and pass the remaining pieces of the budget that we need before we fully implement the initiatives of HB 611.” Pittman indicated the work remaining includes the code bills, but also noted it has been several weeks since he spoke with House Majority Leader, Matthew Bradford.
Governor Josh Shapiro quickly signed the legislation but line item vetoed a controversial “school voucher” scholarship program that was the impetus of the impasse. According to information from the Governor’s office, the remaining approved funding includes some of the following items of interest: