Senator Judy Ward Issues Statement on 2023-2024 State Budget

HARRISBURG – Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) today voted for the balanced, on-time state budget approved by the Senate, which includes no new or increased taxes, would fund the core functions of government and provide $100 million for the new Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) Program she championed to provide scholarships to low-income families with students in the lowest performing schools. After voting for the budget bill, Ward issued the following statement:

“We approved a balanced budget that protects taxpayers while funding important government initiatives, including the new Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) Program to help low-income students in underperforming schools. This state budget would provide record levels of state support for our schools, communities, and vital services, while also protecting the long-term interests of taxpayers by limiting the growth of government spending. It also creates a more competitive business climate and encourages job creation through workforce development and tax reform. The plan passed by the Senate does all this while setting Pennsylvania on a strong financial footing for the future. This budget is responsive to the needs of our communities, respectful of the taxpayers, and responsibly on-time.”

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Contact: Nathan Akers

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