Deasy issues statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address:

“Today, Governor Tom Wolf presented his annual budget address before the state House of Representatives, and I’m encouraged by what I heard.

“I support Governor Wolf’s Plan for PA as detailed in his budget address. I’m also committed to continuing the fight to increase the state minimum wage, improving school safety, increasing education funding, fighting the opioid epidemic, helping adults struggling with intellectual disabilities, and so much more.

“There’s also a need to address our infrastructure needs, as well as increase the minimum pay for teachers to $45,000. The current base salary of $18,500 was set 30-something years ago, and nobody pays that little now. This increase would primarily impact small, rural districts.

“Nonetheless, I’m hopeful for a positive, progressive budget situation come June. The foundation provided by the governor gives us all something to work with, and if the House and Senate can work in bipartisan manner, I am hopeful we will be able to get it done on time.”