Frankel: Wolf budget provides way forward on difficult, critical issues

Calls on legislature to pick up challenge and act on Pa.’s best interests

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – Today Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a thoughtful budget proposal that would address many of the challenges facing Pennsylvania, and move Pennsylvania forward, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said.

“I have always said the state budget is a document that shows our values as Pennsylvanians, and today Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a budget that would light our way forward toward a better Pennsylvania for all,” Frankel said. “Beyond continuing to invest in our public schools, and expanding healthcare, the governor’s budget calls for raising the minimum wage, and outlawing discrimination against LGBTQ people.

“Let me be frank. If Republican leaders would call up my LGBTQ civil rights bill, HB 1404, and give it an up-or-down vote, I believe we could make this happen today,” Frankel said. “Further, the governor has asked the legislature to make 2020 the year that we put in place reasonable gun regulations so that we can begin to seriously address the needless loss of life in our state.

“Many of these proposals are not new, and many of them enjoy broad bipartisan support by the people of our great state. This thoughtful budget would improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians, and I hope my friends on the other side will join with us to build a better commonwealth.”