Matzie: New budget holds the line on taxes, makes important investments

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement after passage of the Pennsylvania state budget.

“Budgets are never easy. Finding common ground is often difficult. This particular budget was no different. There are some areas that came up short, but enough positives that I voted in its favor.

“First and foremost, this budget is on time with no tax increase of any kind.

“Equally as important is a large investment in education. Basic education, special education and early education all will see significant increases in funding. In addition, there is a new program called Level Up that brings additional dollars to our lowest income schools, benefiting several schools in my district. Colleges and job training programs will also be fully funded.

“Other key highlights include nearly $40 million for a new Water Assistance Program that will help folks struggling with keeping the water turned on and nearly $300 million for nursing, assisted living and personal care homes.

“This budget is not perfect, but it holds the line on state taxes, makes important investments and moves us closer to recovering from the pandemic.”