Pisciottano: Budget secures bright future for Pennsylvanians

Historic investments in education, infrastructure

HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, voted in support of Pennsylvania’s new budget, hailing the spending plan as a major victory for education, school safety and infrastructure.

“We have crafted a state budget in Harrisburg that will provide historic investments where they’re needed most in Allegheny County and throughout the Commonwealth,” Pisciottano said. “It’s unfortunate we missed the budget deadline, but I’m very pleased to report that we passed a budget that will benefit working families in Pennsylvania.”

Pisciottano specified that public schools in Allegheny County will receive an additional $54.7 million in the 2022-23 state budget, with schools in the 38th Legislative District receiving the following approximate increases over the previous year:

Basic Education Funding

Special Education Funding

West Mifflin: $1.8 million – 21.4%

West Mifflin: $278,000 – 11.6%

Baldwin-Whitehall: $837,000 – 7.8%

Baldwin-Whitehall: $186,000 – 6.3%

South Allegheny: $817,000 – 7.9%

South Allegheny: $161,000 – 10.7 %

McKeesport: $6.1 million – 21.7%

McKeesport: $462,000 – 12.1%

Each school district above will also receive $100,000 and $15 for each student from a $100 million fund for school safety and mental health, an addition Pisciottano described as paramount.

On top of the historic education funding increases, Pisciottano recognized many other key provisions in this year’s budget, including the expansion of the film tax credit, reduction of the Corporate Net Income Tax rate, expansion of local law enforcement grant programs, establishment of the Whole Home Repairs program, a one-time increase to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate payment amount, and additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

More details on the state budget can be found at houseappropriations.com.