Harrisburg, June 29, 2016 – Following today’s 47 to 3 Senate vote on a $31.5 billion fiscal 2016-17 state budget, state Sen. Lisa Boscola today provided the following statement:

“This spending plan is reasonable, responsible and balanced. I’m encouraged by the Senate’s bipartisan effort and spirit of compromise that produced this budget – and hope we can apply the same cooperative spirit to other issues.

 

Perhaps most important, the budget would invest $200 million additional dollars in our public schools, $20 million more for special education, and allocate $25 million more to Pre-K and $5 million for Head Start.

I also proudly supported the Senate amendment that would increase higher education funding by 2.5 percent; and provide over $7 million more for student grant and loan programs.

It’s worth noting that this budget would provide $15 million to combat the state’s worsening heroin and opioid crisis. The budget would also boost support for domestic violence programs, rape crisis and other crucial social service programs.

It’s important to emphasize that this budget would make these additional investments without raising broad-based taxes.

For the remainder of this legislative session, I will continue to seek resources for economic development initiatives; prod my colleagues to reform the state’s antiquated redistricting process; and continue my fight to eliminate property taxes.”

The budget bill (Senate Bill 1073) now returns to the House for consideration.

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