HARRISBURG – Senator Judy Ward (R-30) issued the following statement today in reaction to passage of the 2019-20 state budget, which meets the core responsibilities of government without a tax increase:
“One of the highest responsibilities of lawmakers is to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, so I am thankful that we were able to pass a balanced budget that does not raise taxes and deposits money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. I am optimistic that this fiscally responsible approach will put us in a good position going forward.
“A number of items in the budget are extremely encouraging. The additional $160 million for Basic Education should be put to good use in classrooms throughout the region. It makes key investments in career and technical education through an increase of $10 million. School safety grants are once again included in the budget at a level of $60 million.
“This budget is committed to helping those in need. It provides $15 million for community-based services and much-needed care for over 800 Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities who have been waiting for services. There will also be a $1.7 million increase to Domestic Violence funding and a $1 million increase in Rape Crisis funding.
“Also, the new investments in agriculture totaling $19.5 million – including two significant programs that I proposed – will help to protect our region’s rich farming heritage and encourage a new generation of farmers to preserve this way of life.
“This budget includes many items that will benefit those most vulnerable and the neediest. Senate Republicans understand the needs across our Commonwealth and are focused on funding what works.”
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