Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson issued the following statement to commend Gov. Tom Wolf for making lead remediation and testing a priority in the budget in response to news that he will be proposing a budget with “significant resources” for toxin cleanup in schools across Pennsylvania.

“I’ve been advocating tirelessly for legislation that would protect our children from the grave dangers of lead poisoning,” Isaacson said. “From introducing legislation to fund lead abatement to creating a Childhood Blood Lead Test Act, which would require all children ages 1 and 2 in Pennsylvania be tested for lead, I have been speaking out on this critical issue for years.

“I am so incredibly grateful that Governor Wolf has decided to make our children’s health a budget priority by allocating these vital funds toward getting lead out of our schools,” Isaacson said. “I have been in enough meetings, heard from enough people and read enough research to know the horrific health risk lead exposure poses to our children. Knowing that children in Philadelphia schools, and other schools across our state, where lead paint coats their classrooms and hallways might be spared dire health outcomes because of this funding is an immense victory.”

While Isaacson said that she is incredibly hopeful about the news for the budget allocation, she intends to continue fighting to protect all the children in her district and across the commonwealth from the dangers of lead.