Governor Tom Wolf delivered his third Pennsylvania Budget Address this week to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Ahead of the address, an op-ed from President Bloomingdale called for “a budget for working families”. In light of a 1.7-billion-dollar budget deficit, many across the Commonwealth were nervously anticipating the harsh austerity measures of past administrations that ultimately do more harm than good.
The Governor’s proposed budget focuses on an efficiently run government and no broad-based tax increase. Rather than slash funding for education, one of our most valuable priorities, the Governor’s budget includes a $200 million increase in funding for Pennsylvania’s school system from kindergarten through higher education. Rather than ignore the opioid epidemic problem facing many PA families, the budget protects treatment options and human services, like the Centers of Excellence.
As budget hearings progress in the coming weeks, we will continue to discuss the ways we can make government work better for Pennsylvanian’s and how we can work together to protect the functions of government that are key to a healthy and prospering community.