A year after taking the first steps to end Pennsylvania’s “shameful distinction” as one of only two states that did not pay for public defenders, Gov. Josh Shapiro and state lawmakers said Monday they would negotiate to make more money available for indigent defense.
Up to $400 million in medical debt held by Pennsylvanians would be cleared under Gov. Josh Shapiro’s new budget proposal, with relief targeted at the state’s poorest and most underwater residents.
Jeff Ney, vice president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, called it a historic investment aimed at leveling the playing field for long-underfunded districts.
Spending plan would provide $1 billion in new public education funding in response to fair funding ruling
Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed education budget, which comes amid school systems entering a ”breaking point“ due to staffing shortages and lower-than-expected Keystone exam results.