Allegheny House Dems issue statement on PA budget

PITTSBURGH, July 6 – Following passage of the state budget, members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation to the Pennsylvania House released the following statement:

“No state budget is perfect, especially when negotiating between a divided state legislature like Pennsylvania’s. While we would have liked to see this budget go further in many ways, it still delivers for Pennsylvanians in key areas.

“Specifically in this budget, we applaud the investments expanding the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for seniors and people with disabilities, providing universal free breakfast for K-12 public school students, supporting student and adult mental health, creating opportunities for workers and small businesses, and delivering significant increases to public education funding.

“It’s important to note that all of these investments are happening without implementing any new taxes. Additionally, we want to thank Governor Shapiro for joining us in prioritizing working families in this budget and his resolve in committing to line-item veto the $100 million appropriation for private school vouchers.”

According to delegation members, Allegheny County schools will receive an approximate $50.3 million funding increase (8.6% more) over last year’s state budget.

The members of the delegation are state Reps. Nick Pisciottano, Sara Innamorato, Aerion A. Abney, Brandon Markosek, Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Matthew Gergely, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, La’Tasha D. Mayes, Joe McAndrew, Dan Miller, Abigail Salisbury, Mandy Steele and Arvind Venkat.