Kirkland applauds budget proposal that supports schools, working families

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, released the following statement about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 state budget.

“I’m happy to see the governor propose a budget that focuses on meeting the needs of Pennsylvanians, including our communities right here in Delaware County.

“Our public schools have been inequitably funded for far too long, and Governor Wolf’s plan would not only significantly increase funding but distribute that funding more fairly, to ensure all of our school districts can provide a good education for kids without placing more of a burden on our communities through property taxes.

“This proposal would help hard-working men and women support their families through a long-overdue increase in the minimum wage as well as targeted tax cuts for working Pennsylvanians and businesses that pay their fair share. When people have more money in their pockets, that’s more money they can spend, supporting our local economy.

“And while Pennsylvania has made strides in criminal justice reform in recent years, there’s much more work to do, and I’m pleased to see the governor push us in that direction with this proposal. As we move through the budget process, I will continue to examine the details of the governor’s proposal and look forward to a final product that is good for residents of my district and Pennsylvania as a whole.”

The governor’s proposal is available at www.governor.pa.gov/2021-Plan/.