Venkat celebrates passage of state budget in the House, marking the start of budget negotiations

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, today commented on Monday’s passage of H.B. 611, which would provide for the state budget for the fiscal year July 1 to June 30, 2024.

“I am pleased that my colleagues and I advanced a budget that will invest in all Pennsylvanians and, particularly, increase our investment in the Avonworth, North Allegheny and Hampton school districts while protecting against property tax increases,” Venkat said. “There is much work to do after Monday’s vote to fight for medical debt relief, increase access and affordability in health care and invest in our vital emergency medical services, police and fire agencies and all the municipalities I represent.”

The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 102-101, marking the start of budget negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Josh Shapiro. It will now move to the Senate for consideration.

“As the budget progresses to its conclusion at the end of June, I will advocate for these additional priorities, communicate with our community on the direction towards which the entire budget is moving and be open to feedback from all of my constituents on how I should vote when we reach the conclusion of negotiations with our Senate colleagues and Governor Josh Shapiro,” Venkat said.