HARRISBURG – Senator Judy Ward (R-30) released the following statement today in response to Governor Wolf’s 2019-20 budget address:
“The governor’s budget address gave us a bit of a mixed bag. There are certainly priorities we share, including workforce development and job training to make our state more attractive to job creators. I am hopeful that many of these measures will be part of the final budget plan so we can create more job opportunities to support local families. The fact that he presented a plan without a broad-based tax increase is also a strong step in the right direction.
“While there are reasons to be optimistic, there are also a number of concerns that need to be addressed. The budget proposes to spend nearly a billion dollars more than the previous year, and a number of agricultural programs and health initiatives were eliminated. Addressing these parts of the budget will play a critical role in protecting our way of life in central Pennsylvania and promoting our local economy.
“I look forward to digging deeper into the budget proposal in the weeks and months to come, and working with my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to explore potential improvements that will ensure all of our tax dollars are spent wisely and responsibly.”
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