HARRISBURG - There may be more money for public schools in Gov. Corbett's proposed budget, but Democratic legislators on Tuesday questioned whether the administration is paying for it by shortchanging equally important programs.
At a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq detailed how Corbett's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 contains the biggest public education increase of his tenure in office.
But she also acknowledged that the new money depends on savings from yet-to-be-approved initiatives, including one to rein in the cost of public-employee pensions by postponing payments into the system. The move would save the state $170 million.