(HARRISBURG) – Today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a responsible, bi-partisan budget for the upcoming fiscal year, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).
House Bill 790 was approved in the Senate by a vote of 42-8. It calls for the spending of $33.977 billion, which represents a 1.8% increase over the previous fiscal year.
“Today, the General Assembly, in negotiation with Governor Tom Wolf, passed an on-time, no tax-increase budget,” said Senator Gordner. “I am pleased at the way we were able to make strategic investments in various line items to ‘fund what works’ for all Pennsylvanians.”
Major highlights of the spending plan include:
- Increase in Basic Education spending of $160 million and an additional $30 million for early childhood education;
- Investment of more than $19 million in extra funding for Agricultural line items;
- Increase of $5 million in Library funding, for the first increase in years;
- 10% increase in domestic violence line items;
- 10% increase in rape and crisis intervention line items;
- Increase of nearly $47 million in PHEAA funding; and
- Investment of approximately $300 million into the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, to prepare for any future economic downturns.
“This budget truly prioritizes the education of our young people, our number 1 industry – Agriculture, and the most vulnerable among us,” added Senator Gordner. “I am pleased that we were able to address these key issues in such a responsible way.”
The measure now goes to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf, who is expected to sign it into law.
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