Sainato votes ‘yea’ for budget strong on education

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Chris Sainato voted to support the 2022-23 state budget, which has passed the General Assembly and is now headed for the governor’s desk.

Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the plan holds the line on taxes while delivering robust funding for public education and programs to help seniors and families with housing and other essential services.

“We entered budget negotiations this year with a surplus of state dollars but the same responsibility to invest wisely in ways to help families, seniors and small businesses while protecting taxpayers,” Sainato said. “The budget we passed promises to do that while also delivering a historic boost for public education, including Level Up funding to help underfunded districts like New Castle and reduce the burden on local taxpayers.”

Sainato said the plan would deliver more than $4 million in additional funding to New Castle schools, and that schools throughout the district would see the following increases: 

  • Laurel School District: $135,200 (1.8% increase) for basic education and $25,200 (3% increase) for special education.
  • Mohawk Area School District: $459,200 (4.5% increase) for basic education and $66,300 (5.3% increase) for special education.
  • Neshannock Township School District: $165,200 (4.9% increase) for basic education and $44,800 (6.3% increase) for special education.
  • New Castle Area School District: $4 million (15.3% increase) for basic education and $234,400 (9.3% increase) for special education funding.
  • Shenango Area School District: $125,200 (1.7% increase) for basic education and $56,200 (6.6% increase) for special education.
  • Union Area School District: $258,200 (5.2% increase) for basic education funding and $40,400 (7.2% increase) for special education.
  • Wilmington Area School District: $189,500 (3.2% increase) for basic education funding and $45,200 (4.1% increase) for special education.

Sainato said other key highlights of the plan include funding to provide a supplemental rebate under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, expand affordable housing and provide home repair assistance, cut the corporate tax rate to help small businesses, and deposit funding into the state Rainy Day fund to ensure the state can meet future fiscal issues that may arise.

“This is a plan to help people, protect taxpayers, level the playing field for students and get our businesses back on track. Those are the right priorities for the commonwealth,” Sainato said.