Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education

Budget renews commitment to raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – Today state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for its continued commitment to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians – regardless of Zip code – will have access to a quality education.

“When we talk about building the middle class and lifting folks out of poverty, there’s no better tool for that than an education,” Gainey said. “A quality education opens doors and provides hope that kids can grow to meet their full potential. Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in our kids’ education, whether that’s funding for preschool, Head Start or basic education – critical programs that have an impact on children’s lives. Further, by providing this basic childcare and education, we are removing a massive obstacle and stress for many families.”

In addition to renewing his administration’s investment in education, the governor’s budget also calls for an increase in the state’s minimum wage, something that hasn’t happened in over a decade. A strong supporter of working-class Pennsylvanians, Gainey today renewed his commitment to helping get a minimum wage increase passed this year.

“When I talk to folks in my district, I hear – and know -- the struggles they face in making ends meet, in trying to balance paying the bills and paying rent, in putting food on the table,” Gainey said. “While many of us have so much, there are many more of our neighbors who have so little, and the time has come to show them that we hear them, that we care. The time has come to give Pennsylvanians a raise.”

And, Gainey joined Wolf and other legislators in calling for a continuation of criminal justice reform efforts in Pennsylvania.

“Over the last several years we have made great strides in moving from a system that traps people in a cycle of poverty and incarceration to one that gives them a chance to re-enter society and be productive,” Gainey said. “It is my sincere hope that we can continue to build on these successes and can enact further reforms so that simple mistakes or youthful indiscretions don’t lead to a lifetime of second-class citizenship.”