Bullock statement on 2022-2023 state budget

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., released the following statement on the 2022-2023 state budget which passed the House of Representatives today.

“While this budget includes historic investments in education and public safety, such as school safety and security grants, we should and can do more. We cannot eliminate gun violence without touching the root causes of this violence. We should be fixing every sick and toxic school in Pennsylvania. So, this is a start but not the end, by any means.”

Some points from the $42 billion plan include a basic education funding increase of almost $750 million, including $225 million for Level Up funding to the state’s poorest school districts, as well as a special education funding increase of almost $100 million. There is another $100 million each for mental health, and school safety and security. The violence intervention and prevention grant program receives $75 million and $125 million is allocated for the whole home repairs grant program.