HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte), Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne (R-Allentown) addressed passage of a fiscally responsible state budget today that boosts funding for schools, nursing homes and transportation.
The leaders issued the following statements in reaction to passage of the budget:
“The budget offers a blueprint to help our Commonwealth recover from the damage created by the COVID-19 pandemic and chart a better path forward. The past year and a half was extremely difficult for many Pennsylvania families and employers. In light of these difficult circumstances, I am thankful that we were able to pass a fiscally responsible budget that helps us tackle the immediate needs created by the pandemic as well as the financial challenges that lie ahead.” – Senator Corman
“Pennsylvania’s 2021-2022 budget demonstrates resilience by helping the Commonwealth transition out of crisis while positioning Pennsylvania for success. It is not a statement of a ‘new normal’ rather a declaration in rejecting restrictions and ‘retuning to life as normal.’ This $40.8 billion budget tackles the most immediate challenges facing our schools, nursing homes, infrastructure, and struggling families while saving funds to provide a financial net for the future. It makes historic investments in school choice and provides aid to families struggling to move past the COVID-19 pandemic by offering rental, utility and water assistance, as well as child childcare stabilization. This budget takes the necessary steps to put our Commonwealth on an forward trajectory that is foundational in setting our future path forward by providing us with the flexibility we need to get Pennsylvanians back to work and our economy growing again.” – Senator Ward
“This budget takes into consideration lessons we learned from the Great Recession by ensuring we are responsible, not only with how we use federal stimulus money, but also with the decisions we are making here today to put us on as solid fiscal ground as possible heading into those years when the stimulus money runs out and the threat of a fiscal cliff is real. With that in mind, however, this budget still provides essential funding increases to help our students, as well as necessary long-term and critical care assistance for our older population and our citizens with disabilities.” – Senator Browne
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