Rep. Madden praises state budget with educational funding hike and no tax increase


HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said she is pleased that all school districts in the 115th Legislative District have received funding increases in the recently passed 2018-19 state budget that also contains no new taxes.


“While I am pleased that the House passed the state budget with these education increases, I am still hopeful that in the near future all school districts will be funded fair and equitably," Madden said.


Madden is co-sponsoring legislation (H.B. 2501) authored by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., which would require that 100 percent of state funds are distributed through the fair funding formula effective immediately.


Madden said Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts still suffer from the greatest funding disparity in the nation. 


“Your ZIP code should not determine the school funding in your district. School districts with the greatest student poverty are always hit hardest,” Madden said.


The Monroe County lawmaker said the $32.7 billion fiscal plan will help move her district forward by investing in initiatives that benefit families.


“Everyone in Pennsylvania deserves access to a quality education, child care, and better resources and services, and this budget does just that,” Madden said.