Donatucci applauds Wolf’s budget provisions
HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“Governor Wolf’s proposal is progressive and postures Pennsylvania to truly be the commonwealth that is fair, safe and equitable for all residents,” said Donatucci, who serves as Democratic secretary and subcommittee chair of economic impact and infrastructure on the House Appropriations Committee. “Ensuring that the governor’s proposals become a reality is a top priority in my committee work.”
Donatucci 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. He also proposed a new scholarship program to help students attending State System of Higher Education universities avoid crushing student debt.
“Focusing on every academic stage of pupils across Pennsylvania promotes a crop of residents who are well-educated and well-prepared to flourish in their future careers,” Donatucci said.
Reiterating his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, Wolf provided additional measures to protect vulnerable populations, and renewed his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and universal background checks on firearm purchasers.
“Communities across our commonwealth have been shaken by gun violence, cementing this epidemic as a public health crisis,” said Donatucci. “Quelling this crisis requires better provisions and I’m proud the governor stepped up with comprehensive solutions.”
Donatucci also praised Wolf’s continued support for making health care more affordable and his recent announcing that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is introducing new regulations to protect consumers’ mental health and substance use disorder rights in the commonwealth.