Driscoll: Wolf budget proposal is good for Philadelphians

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., highlighted how Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year would provide Philadelphia residents with much-needed relief.

“I would like to thank Governor Wolf for presenting us with a common-sense budget proposal that will help protect Philadelphia residents,” Driscoll said. “This includes investing in education, providing the necessary funding for successful workforce development initiatives, as well as increasing our resources to tackle the opioid epidemic that has impacted our city.”

Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes:

  • $120 million increase in basic and special education;
  • $40 million investment to develop 21st-century job skills;
  • $10 million for career and technical education; and
  • $26.5 million investment in federal Cures Act funding to expand treatment to address the opioid drug epidemic.

Driscoll added, “With these funding increases, we can finally give our constituents the break they deserve, without any broad-based tax increases.”