Pa. House OKs school construction payment process

Monday, June 9, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's House of Representatives is approving a bill to modernize the handling of state reimbursements for school construction projects.

Monday's 109-to-86 vote to send the bill to the Senate came despite criticism by members of the Democratic minority about a nearly 2-year-old moratorium on new applications for reimbursement.

The Democrats say the bill is meaningless without additional money to cover new applications for reimbursements by scores of districts.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Seth Grove, says he hopes that $105 million will be appropriated in the state budget that starts July 1 to cover about 200 projects affected by the moratorium.

But the York County Republican says a provision requiring districts to wait 30 years for reimbursement, instead of 20, and the automation of the reimbursement system will save taxpayers money.

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