Cephas: Wolf’s proposed budget will be good for Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 proposed budget.

“Recently, my colleagues in the Philadelphia House Delegation stood together to announce our plan to reduce poverty in Philadelphia,” Cephas said. “House Democrats are on the same page as Governor Wolf when it comes to helping our most vulnerable citizens get back on their feet while avoiding new taxes.”

Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes:

•     No new taxes.

•     A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center.

•     A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour.

•     Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6.

•     Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18.

•     A study on the benefits of providing free full-day kindergarten to all children 5 and older.

•     $200 million more for basic education.

•     $50 million more for pre-K and Head Start.

•     $50 million more for special education.

•     $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

•     $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania.

“This is the first step in a long budget review process and I look forward to learning more details through my committee roles this session,” Cephas said. “I want to make sure that the final budget continues to reflect the values of hardworking Pennsylvanians.”

Recently, Cephas was selected to serve on the House Appropriations; Labor and Industry; Aging and Older Adult Services; and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees.