Longietti supports governor’s proposed budget investments for education, career and tech training

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 - State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget address:

“I am pleased that Governor Wolf’s budget proposal includes important investments to move Pennsylvania forward by providing critical funding to educate our school children and train the next generation of workers while taking care of the needs of our senior citizens. 

“The governor spoke of the importance of funding basic education, which I believe is the most important investment we can make. Giving our kids the strongest possible start from preK-12 has always been important. Today, however, as technology assumes an ever-increasing role in the workplace, it’s more important than ever to provide our students with a broad curriculum that includes the latest science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Additionally, when the state increases funding to our local school districts, we reduce pressure on local sources of funding like property taxes.

“I also strongly support the governor’s plans for increased investments in workforce development. By strengthening career and technical training for Pennsylvanians of all ages, we’re equipping the workers who will carry forward the economic future of the commonwealth. We’re providing them with the tools they need to succeed and to stay and raise families in the state.

“Finally, I support funding that ensures that our seniors, who are the backbone of our community, have the resources they need to thrive. As I work with my colleagues to negotiate a new budget, the health and well-being of our seniors will remain a top priority for me.

“I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves in the months ahead. I’ll be reaching out to colleagues on both sides of the aisle and working to make sure the new budget protects and promotes the interests of Mercer County’s families.”