Comitta commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan prioritizing education, pipeline safety and deterring gun violence

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include efforts to reduce gun violence, prioritize pipeline safety and allot additional funding toward Pennsylvania’s K-12 education program.

“I am proud to see Governor Wolf prioritizing education, gun violence and pipeline safety in this year’s budget address. These are prevalent issues in Chester County that I’ve strongly advocated for since I’ve been elected as state representative of the 156th Legislative District,” Comitta said.

“These proposed measures would protect and benefit many Pennsylvanians by curtailing gun violence through universal background checks, red flag laws and safe storage practices.

“Additionally, Governor Wolf addressed the need for action on pipeline safety to ensure the well-being of impacted communities, like ours. For the last three years I have heard consistently from residents living along the pipeline about serious health, safety and quality of life concerns for their families, schools and senior living communities. It is time we address these concerns through effective legislation. Fellow legislators from Chester County and I have re-introduced bills this session that aim to increase communication efforts, transparency and safety regulations on these pipeline projects.

“Finally, as a former teacher, I fully support investing an additional $405 million into Pennsylvania’s schools. To ensure children can develop effective social and learning skills, workforce readiness and long-term economic mobility, I was pleased to see the governor’s proposal to offer flexible and free full-day kindergarten throughout the commonwealth. This would ensure every child, regardless of what school district their family lives in, could begin their education during their most critical developing years,” Comitta continued.

“This budget proposal backs crucial initiatives that would aid in the success of this commonwealth while protecting its residents. Education, gun violence and pipeline safety are issues that I will continue to advocate for in Harrisburg as we work on the 2020-21 budget.”