Fitzgerald applauds governor’s budget plan to put Philadelphia families first

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald today released the following statement applauding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year:

“Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan reflects the needs of families across the commonwealth and addresses critical issues we’re facing in Philadelphia, including gun violence, raising the minimum wage, fully funding education, creating good paying jobs and ridding our schools of dangerous toxins.

“I’m proud the governor is committed to passing commonsense gun safety laws and is calling for $10 million to put towards prevention programs that help protect our neighborhoods. He shares my priority to end further bloodshed, while not taking away a person’s right to bear arms, which is evident in my bills that would:

  • Enforce safe storage for firearms (H.B. 2077).
  • Require individuals to specify they have a concealed carry permit on their driver’s license and photo identification card (H.B. 2076).
  • Establish a 72-hour waiting period for purchases of semi-automatic assault rifles (H.B. 2078).

“The governor understands building a better tomorrow means investing in our children’s future by increasing funding for early education, but more specifically, he shares in my fight to implement full-day kindergarten and ensure all kids have access to learning at a young age. This combined with dedicating more than $1 billion for lead and asbestos removal in our schools is a major step in the right direction.

“I will work diligently with my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this proposal on time so we can provide these much-needed resources to Pennsylvania,” said Fitzgerald, D-Phila.