The bills dictating what Pennsylvania schools get in state money are the rare bills that require a two-thirds majority vote–-so Senate and House Democrats were able to keep the measures from passing Monday evening.
The Democrats say they want to get more money for the schools.
But Republican Representative Stan Saylor of York County says this will only hold things up. “We’re not gonna deal with these until we come back in September now,” said Saylor. “Because again, we’re not going to wait around and play games. Because we don’t know when they’re going to give us votes. They haven’t said.”
The Democrats have long been upset they haven’t been let in on budget talks.
But House Republicans say this won’t delay the passage of a budget, although it might delay state funding for the schools in question–Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln, in addition to the veterinary school .
In the meantime, Senate Republicans released their itemized budget. They’ll consider the spending plan for a vote on Tuesday.