PA House Leader Implores Gov. Wolf To Use Untouched CARES Money For Student Internet

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Wolf administration has yet to use $104 million in federal funds that Pennsylvania received through the CARES Act, according to a story from the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff urged Governor Wolf to use the untapped reservoir of CARES funding on internet connectivity improvements for rural students.

As online learning is set to spike because of COVID-19, Benninghoff is suggesting that the funding be used for internet enhancement to better serve rural students across the state and give them better educational opportunities.

"With the first day of school just weeks away, it is well past time for the governor to deploy this remaining funding to do things like improve rural broadband access for the benefit of students across Pennsylvania.

"For the past two days, the House Education Committee has heard from school leaders about the lack of guidance and remaining questions from the administration as they start the process of reopening their schools.

"Similarly, school leaders are questioning the failure of the Wolf administration to timely deploy this funding to improve internet connectivity issues, particularly those lacking rural broadband, so appropriate educational opportunities can be provided in this challenging time," Benninghoff said.

"Without this funding, and the ability to access the educational opportunities offered to them, many children will again suffer the devastating effects of another lost school year and taxpayers will be left to wonder why their hard-earned dollars were not used for the benefit of students and parents," Benninghoff continued.

Something of note, Governor Wolf doesn’t need “legislative authorization” to use CARES Act money. 

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