Youngblood: Budget bill slashes vital services Pennsylvanians depend on

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Following the passage of H.B. 790 -- the General Appropriations Bill -- state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., issued the following statement about her “no” vote:

“House Republicans are relying on the weak argument that this budget is a compromise, but how can this be a compromise when many vital services have been underfunded, or even completely eliminated? With no attempt to expand use of the fair funding formula or properly fund needed building improvements for our schools, and no attempt at raising the minimum wage, which has been sitting at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade, and the complete elimination of the General Assistance Program that has served as a safety net for our most at-risk citizens, how is this a compromise? I voted against the 2019-20 state budget because it comes at the expense of working families and our children, particularly those in my district.”