State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro votes to advance state budget to Senate

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today supported the passage of a state budget that would increase education funding and expand efforts to fight the commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis.

“By no means is this a perfect fiscal plan, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction,” Bizzarro said. “At this time, there are no broad-based tax increases on our hardworking citizens, and we’re avoiding another lengthy budget impasse that would further hurt our schools and human service organizations.”

Senate Bill 1073 would allocate $250 million more than the previous fiscal year to Pennsylvania’s schools, including a $200 million increase for basic education.

The bill also would dedicate $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services.

“This year’s state budget is a reminder of the benefits of bipartisan compromise,” Bizzarro said. “Recently, members on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to support liquor modernization and expanded consumer convenience, medical marijuana, and serious pension reform. I am hopeful that this spirit of compromise will continue throughout the state budget proceedings so we can deliver an on-time budget to the residents of this commonwealth.”

The legislation returns to the Senate to consider House amendments.