House Approves Reforms to School Construction Reimbursement Process, Grove Says
7/3/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) today released the following statement regarding House approval of the 2014-15 Fiscal Code, which includes funding to advance school construction projects:

“According to a May 2014 report by the Department of Education, 200 projects across the state are waiting for reimbursement, adding up to a cost of $105 million. This delay is due to the complicated and archaic Planning and Construction Workbook process, also known as PlanCon. This process involves 11-steps with 200 pages of paperwork in just the first portion alone.

“The measure approved by the House would end a moratorium and help cut down on the backlog of projects by distributing available reimbursement funding to more school districts, with priority given to those which have submitted all required documentation and received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the budget sent to the governor Monday includes a $10 million increase in funding for PlanCon.

“Since the fiscal code was amended by the House, it now must return to the Senate for final approval. While this provides great relief for schools districts awaiting reimbursement, I will continue to press the Senate action on HB 2124, a comprehensive overhaul of this archaic and antiquated program in order to bring it into the 21st century.”

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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