Boyle welcomes Wolf’s proposed increases for education, fight against opioid abuse epidemic

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, praised the proposed increase in education funding and opioid treatment in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, in addition to the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. 

“Governor Wolf has kept the momentum going in restoring the funding cuts made by the former administration. We are seeing $120 million more in this proposal for school districts across the commonwealth, with higher investment in pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs, state universities and career and technical education.

“The governor also is building on the investment made in the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic that is taking lives and destroying families in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania,” Boyle said.

“I also support Governor Wolf standing his ground in pushing for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. It’s mind-boggling to see such a tax in neighboring states and yet, Pennsylvania fails to make the drilling industry pay its fair share for doing business here.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings to have a seat at the table to ensure the agencies receive the needed funding while staying aligned with the governor’s budget proposal,” he said.