Solomon supports 2017-18 state spending plan

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., offered the following statement about the 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the state House of Representatives and heads to the governor’s desk:

“Today I voted to send a nearly $32 billion spending plan to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk. This is a difficult budget year. In truth, the spending plan does not make the transformative investments I believe our state needs – investments that provide opportunities, jobs, and safety and stability for all our communities. But given the state’s fiscal realities, I believe this plan at least takes steps in the right direction towards those investments, in particular for education and childcare assistance and services, both vitally important issues in my district. 

“I’ve seen firsthand the need for more resources for the schools in my district – the overcrowding at Spruance Elementary, the decaying building at Carnell Elementary, and the unparalleled diversity at Wilson Middle School. While this plan does not send nearly enough to address these myriad challenges, it is an important down payment.

“While today’s vote allows for spending in the new fiscal year starting July 1, we have not yet made the hard decisions about how we are going to pay for all this. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers and the governor’s office in making these decisions in the best interests of the citizens of this commonwealth.”