Sturla expresses optimism for Wolf's 2018/19 fiscal year budget proposal

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, released the following response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2018/19 fiscal year: 

“The governor’s budget address was positive and promising. I’m in full support of his efforts, which will help move Pennsylvania forward. 

“The governor’s proposed investment in job training and education provides an outlook for a brighter future for Pennsylvanians. We need to work with all levels of government and private enterprises to meet the workforce needs of current and prospective businesses to continue to build and energize Pennsylvania communities, starting with investing in pre-K through K-12 and post-secondary education. 

“Pennsylvania has the lowest minimum wage of our neighbors. Raising the wage will help working men and women better provide for their families while depending less on social programs, thus increasing revenues for education funding and workforce development.

“We heard again this year about how a modest severance tax will help us make that happen. We’re the only state with natural gas resources that doesn’t impose a severance tax. This resource will help pay for the investment in education and our future.

“Additionally, the governor proposed shrinking the size of the waiting list for services for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, and making contributions to the state’s rainy day fund.

“House Democrats’ ‘Plan4PA’ aligns with the governor’s efforts, and I hope that we can get our colleagues from across the aisle and in the Senate to work with us in moving Pennsylvania forward.”