Conkin says budget bill is ‘full of missed opportunities’
HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, provided the following statement regarding his “no” vote on H.B. 790, the state’s General Appropriations bill:
“I’m extremely disappointed that the budget bill raided $10 million from the state’s Environmental Stewardship Fund to balance the budget and support special projects. This fund was created nearly two decades ago to support a variety of environmental programs, including farmland preservation, Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, and storm water and flooding management. To use this fund for purposes that it was never allocated for is beyond shameful.
“We also missed the opportunity to help Pennsylvanians by failing to raise the state’s minimum wage. I believe that if you work for 40 hours or more each week, you should be paid a decent, livable wage – not struggling to make ends meet.
“I was pleased to see additional funding to support trade education included in the budget bill, and that some school districts did receive a boost in basic education funding. All in all, this was yet another missed opportunity to truly invest in our children – our state’s future.”