Bizzarro cautiously optimistic with governor’s proposed 2017-18 state budget without tax increases

 State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is pleased with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed new budget investments which would mean additional funding for pre-K through higher education, providing effective treatment for people battling opioid addiction, retaining family-sustaining jobs and safeguarding our seniors.

“All of the proposed state budget funding would be funding real life issues; we need to make smart decisions that balance the cost of government without sacrificing services to people,” Bizzarro said. “We are working out the budget without changes to the Personal Income Tax or sales tax rates.”

Bizzarro said Pennsylvania faces a large deficit and passing a budget will not be easy.

“I look forward to studying the governor’s plan in detail and that will take some time to review,” Bizzarro said.

Bizzarro said additional funding is being proposed for the 14 state-owned universities.

“I fully support an increase in funding to Edinboro University because it would be funding well spent and an investment in our future,” Bizzarro said.

Bizzarro said it is a different kind of budget that would cut the cost of government while protecting what matters.

The departmental budget hearings with the House Appropriations Committee begin Feb. 21 and end March 9.