Fitzgerald releases statement on 2022-2023 state budget agreement

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., released this statement regarding the 2022-2023 state budget which passed the House of Representatives this week.

“There are funding increases in this budget that will provide money for a variety of important, quality-of-life programs and services including basic education, violence prevention, mental health and property tax/rent rebate program. And while this was a bipartisan agreement, there is so much more to do to make sure people – children, older adults, folks with special needs - don’t fall through the cracks. There is more to do to fund community safety programs and gun violence prevention. We can’t take our foot off the gas right now. We need to keep working toward more support for these very important needs.”

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. Violence intervention and prevention grant program receives $75 million and $125 million is appropriated for whole home repairs grant program.