Friel encouraged by governor’s 2024-25 state budget proposal

POTTSTOWN, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, issued the statement below following Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 budget address on February 6.

“This is a fundamentally sound budget proposal from Governor Shapiro. It represents a significant investment in public education for Pennsylvania’s students by addressing the current funding inequities, and would reduce the pressure on school districts to raise local property taxes.

“Beyond that, the governor’s proposal to overhaul funding for state colleges and community colleges by reducing tuition, and capping it at $1,000 per semester for families with an annual income less than $75,000, represents a serious and significant change to college affordability for Pennsylvania students! 

“There is a lot to like and to fight for in this budget. Beyond education; investment in small businesses, agriculture, families, and community services are all included and provide a great start for our upcoming legislation session. I am optimistic.”