ERIE – Governor Tom Corbett was joined by representatives of school districts from Erie, Crawford, Venango and Warren Counties Friday, along with members of the general assembly, to talk about his plan to reinvest liquor sales money into education. The Passport for Learning Block Grant is in addition to Corbett’s proposed $90 million increase in the upcoming budget’s Basic Education Funding line item. This year’s proposed $5.5 billion state investment in education is the highest in state history.
Corbett said his plan gives consumers more choice, and will provide an additional billion dollars in revenue toward schools. The $1 billion in revenue will come from the three to four year process of selling the LCB: $575 million from the wholesale license process, $224 million from the wine and spirits retail auction process, $107 million from the wine/beer license application process and $112.5 million in the enhanced beer distributor application process.
Friday’s meeting was attended by representatives of the Penncrest, Titusville, Corry, Union City, Fairview, General McLane, Franklin, Warren, Millcreek, and Fort LeBoeuf school districts.