HARRISBURG — The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
Senate leaders issued the following statement on Senate Bill 1073 which would support the core functions of government, and allocate $245 million in new funding for basic education, special education, and Pre-K Counts without the need for new or increased income or sales taxes.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25): “Today, the Senate has passed a bi-partisan budget, which takes the next step in completing an on-time and balanced 2016-17 budget by the June 30th deadline. Senate Bill 1073 makes substantial investments in education and vital state services – helping to strengthen our Commonwealth.”
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34): “Day after day, I heard from people in my communities that they could not endure another budget impasse but at the same time could not withstand a massive tax increase. Today, we showed that we were listening by approving a spending plan that funds the priorities of state government, including continuing to provide significant money toward all levels of education, without asking for a broad-based tax increase.”
Senate Appropriations Chair Pat Browne (R-16): “In recognizing the financial struggles the Commonwealth continues to face, this budget provides a fiscally responsible and modest increase in spending for vital state programs and services, while protecting hard working families and job creators from onerous tax increases and burdens. This budget also recognizes the need to invest in our children and their futures by increasing funding for basic education, early intervention programs, special education and higher education.”