Longietti votes 'yes' on budget

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, cast a vote in support of Pennsylvania’s budget bill, H.B. 790, saying that he believes the budget makes sound investments in the commonwealth’s future.

“I’m encouraged that we passed a budget that is on time, does not raise taxes, and puts approximately $300 million in the Rainy Day Fund. Most importantly, I believe the budget makes strategic investments to move Pennsylvania forward by investing in our children and job seekers, while also ensuring that our seniors and the most vulnerable among us are protected.

“I’m especially pleased that the new budget adds $160 million for basic education funding for our school children; a $50 million increase in special education funding; a $25 million increase for early childhood education, a 2% increase for higher education; and a $10 million increased commitment for Career and Technical Education.

“The budget also invests in one of our most important industries by providing resources to assist farmers with business development, disaster response and best management practices.

“Any budget is a compromise, and although the bill is not perfect, I believe it spends our resources responsibly and accomplishes a lot of good on behalf of the commonwealth’s citizens.”