Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined yesterday by Gov. Tom Wolf.

“Governor Wolf’s proposal sends a clear message that he is dedicated to creating a fairer, more equal Pennsylvania for everyone,” said Bullock, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “I want to help make these changes a reality by getting to the truth during budget hearings and learning how we can really set Pennsylvanians up for success in the future.”

Bullock said Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt.

“Education is hugely important for creating career opportunities, especially for people of color in Pennsylvania. I’m glad to see Governor Wolf’s commitment to creating pathways for students to learn without amassing crippling debt or leaving without options,” Bullock said. “Plans like this will help Pennsylvania maintain a competitive workforce that offers good jobs to qualified employees.”

Wolf also demonstrated his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, renewing his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and universal background checks on firearm purchasers.

“Gun violence has affected far too many families in Pennsylvania and it’s past time for us to do something about it,” Bullock said. “We have seen that this issue can be solved successfully with the right balance of resources and outreach, so I commend Governor Wolf for rededicating himself to making our streets safe. The funding he has proposed will take us closer to ending gun violence across the state.”

Bullock also praised Wolf’s continued support for making transportation more accessible, while seeking environmentally friendly alternatives.

“I believe that the governor’s green infrastructure plan will produce jobs, reduce Pennsylvania’s environmental impact, and make it easier for Pennsylvanians to get around.”