Frankel encouraged by Wolf's bold budget proposal

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, provided the following statement about the budget proposal Gov. Tom Wolf released today:

"Governor Wolf has put forth a bold budget proposal that will address the historic $3 billion structural deficit we’re facing,” Frankel said. “I am reviewing this plan carefully, and so far, I’m encouraged by the governor’s strong commitment to increased education funding, enhanced drug treatment proposals and a call for reasonable revenue generators, including a severance tax on natural gas drilling, raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, and requiring municipalities that receive State Police protection to pay a fair share for that service.

"It's very reasonable to ask businesses to pay their fair share by closing certain corporate tax loopholes. Doing this would also allow us to achieve the education funding restorations and increases Governor Wolf is proposing, such as $200 million more for K-12 basic education, including $25 million for special education and $75 million for early childhood programs; as well as a $2 million increase for healthy school breakfast programs to help kids focus on learning. I'm also pleased that Governor Wolf is calling for $10 million more to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, including expanding access to naloxone, and for new money to expand specialty drug courts. Governor Wolf is making a serious effort to work with Republican legislators -- the people expect us all to work together to achieve positive change and solve problems."