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February 6, 2013

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Yesterday, Governor Tom Corbett delivered his state budget address to a joint session of the State Legislature.  Below is a brief summary of items in the Governor's proposed budget related to the arts and arts education. 


The Education Policy and Leadership Center will be holding a statewide briefing conference call about the Governor's proposed budget TODAY, Wednesday, February 6 at 11 a.m.  To listen to discussion about key education funding issues to be debated during the next few months, please use the numbers below: 


The toll-free call in number: 1-866-843-8301 
Conference code: 5920751287


In the weeks ahead, to get more up-to date information about budget discussions in the legislature and how you can show your support for equitable arts education opportunities for Pennsylvania students, monitor the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network's website,and follow the Network onfacebook andtwitterQuestions and comments can be addressed to Erin Gough


2013-2014 Governor's Budget 

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  

PCA's administrative budget would receive a 3.7% increase from $866,000 to $919,000.  Grants to the Arts would be held level at $8,179,000.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Funding to PHMC would be increased by 3.8%, going from $17,800,000 to $18,474,000.



Library funding would be held level.  This means $53,507,000 for the public library subsidy, $2,567,000 for library services for the visually impaired and disabled, and $2,821,000 towards the library access line item.


PK-12 Public Education

The Governor has proposed a Basic Education Subsidy of $5.493 billion, an increase of $90 million or approximately 1.7%.  The increase, while a step forward, does not restore much of the nearly $900 million cut to school districts during the past two years.


Special education would be funded at the same level as each of the past five years - $1.026 billion.


The Accountability Block Grant would be funded at the same level as the current year - $100 million.


The Governor did discuss a new Passport for Learning Block Grant that would be funded by selling the state's liquor stores and potentially make available $1 billion over a four year period, beginning in 2014-2015.


The Governor's proposed appropriation for the state payment to the School Employees Retirement System is thought to be at least $100 million less than required under current law and is linked to proposals the Governor made concerning changes to the pension system for both future and current employees. 


Higher Education

The fourteen universities of PASSHE, the four state-related universities, and the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would all be funded at the same levels as during the current 2012-2013 fiscal year.