Pennsylvania budget plan leaves no money for school construction

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cash-strapped schools desperate to replace leaky roofs and crumbling infrastructure likely will go without state construction money for a third year, school business officials say, since Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal continues a moratorium on funding new projects.

In 2012, Corbett cut funding to new applications, stalling 354 projects in varying stages of construction or capital planning. At least 200 since have been financed — some even finished — with the expectation of state money that didn't come.

The state Department of Education has estimated it would need at least $1.6 billion to reimburse them all.

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