Caltagirone statement on passage of 2019-20 budget

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, issued the following statement about today’s passage of H.B. 790, the 2019-20 budget.

“With every budget we work to find a compromise in order to best serve Pennsylvanians,” Caltagirone said. “Although I am extremely disappointed in not having any business tax credits or additional means of funding in place for pediatric cancer centers, this budget does a lot of good. My bill would have allocated $10 million in tax credits to businesses per year for the next 10 years to ensure that our children do not have to suffer from this disease as they have in the past. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States between 1 and 14 years old, and not including any way to address this issue for our most vulnerable children is quite concerning.

“The silver lining to this budget is our investments in our education and schools. Governor Mifflin School District will receive $6.6 million next year, a 3.5% increase, while Reading School District will see a 3.8% increase up to $145 million for basic education funding. Special education funding will also increase to approximately $2.3 million for Governor Mifflin, a 6.1% increase and Reading will have an increase of 9.9% at $13 million. I’m looking forward to seeing what our school districts can do with these additional resources and delighted that they get the chance.

“Ultimately, I chose to vote for this budget to pay our bills and fulfill our obligations. But I want to see more forward-thinking from Republican leadership and our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. I continue to work every day for our children and their future. I hope that we can all see that when we invest in our children and their well-being, all of us prosper and create possibilities for a brighter future,” Caltagirone said.


CONTACT: Daniel Bixler
House Democratic Communications Office
Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221