Isaacson applauds Wolf for budget focused on education and good jobs

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for the initiatives contained in his proposed 2019-20 budget.

Wolf delivered his proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate today.

“Governor Wolf has really impressed me with his ability to find ways to increase funding for education while simultaneously creating no new taxes,” Isaacson said. “I look forward to his continued leadership and working side-by-side with my colleagues in the House to make sure the final budget he receives is just as innovative as proposed.”

Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes:

  • No new taxes;
  • A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center;
  • A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour;
  • Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6;
  • Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18;
  • A study on the benefits of providing free full day kindergarten to all children 5 and up;
  • $200 million more for basic education;
  • $50 million more for pre-k and Head Start;
  • $50 million more for special education;
  • $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education;
  • $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania.

“A stronger economy that works for all of us needs a workforce educated enough to fill in all of the gaps,” Isaacson said. “As we fight for working families and affordable quality education, a robust economy will follow.”