Rep. Davis applauds bipartisan state budget deal

Budget includes historic funding for education

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, said he applauds the historic $1.1 billion increase in education funding that was part of the bipartisan budget deal that’s now headed to the governor.

“This is a year of surplus and I’m happy to see that the budget includes a significant investment in K-12 education funding, which will help to provide relief to our underfunded schools,” Davis said. “I’ve always fought to bring back money to our Mon Valley school districts, and this year I’m pleased that our school districts will see a boost from the budget’s $525 million increase in Basic Education Funding. We have the money to help our students succeed, regardless of where they live, and they are worth the investment.”

These Basic Education Funding amounts will be awarded to the following Mon Valley school districts:

  • Clairton City SD - $9,186,956 (14.3% increase).
  • Duquesne City SD - $13,677,593 (7.8% increase).
  • McKeesport Area SD - $33,986,420 (21.7% increase).
  • South Allegheny SD - $11,135,240 (7.9% increase).
  • Steel Valley SD - $11,604,096 (17% increase).
  • West Mifflin Area SD - $10,396,963 (21.4% increase).

Davis added the budget includes using $75 million from America Rescue Plan Act funding for Violence Intervention and Prevention Grants. Administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, these grants support local organizations that lead effective strategies to reduce gun violence at the neighborhood level.

“This budget includes money that addresses gun violence in our communities and increases funding in other areas to benefit Pennsylvanians, while still managing to put $4.9 billion aside in the Rainy Day fund for the future needs of our commonwealth,” Davis said. “State budgets are always a compromise, and while there are certainly some things I would like to change in this year’s state spending plan, on the whole, I think it is a good deal for Pennsylvania."