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Pennsylvania’s Use of ARPA Funds

ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal bill passed in March 2021. Supporters of the legislation argued that our country needed the added spending to stimulate a nationwide recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes $350 billion in SLFR funds, which are funds allotted to state and local governments for discretionary use, within certain parameters.

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Excellent Education for All Act Summary

The Excellent Education for All Act (House Bill 1) is a transformative plan that ensures more Pennsylvania children have access to an excellent education.

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Consequences of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a controversial compact designed to tax electricity producers for emitting carbon. The Wolf administration is attempting to join the initiative through regulation in order to bypass the state legislature. 

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Fiscal Earmarks Reduce State Budget Transparency

The 2021–2022 Fiscal Code contains at least $5.5 billion in federal and state funds earmarked for special projects across the state, up from $120 million last year. Most of this increase is due to one-time funding through federal COVID-19 bills.

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Concentrating Resources on Failing Systems Instead of Students

The 2021-22 budget has the largest state education funding increase in Pennsylvania history despite public schools receiving over $6.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The funding increase includes a $100 million boost to “Level Up” the lowest-wealth school districts.

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How Pennsylvania Is Progressing in the Race to Rebuild

The 2021 state budget includes some policy changes to spur recovery and better governance, but much more needs to occur.

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2021 Budget Takeaways

School Funding Myth Busters

In the face of uncertainly due to COVID in 2020, state lawmakers flat-funded education for the 2020–21 school year. Districts also received about $6 billion in additional funding via three federal COVID relief packages.

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Excellence in Education for All Act Summary