Matzie calls state spending plan a step in the right direction

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today supported the passage of a state budget plan that funds education at record levels, without a broad-based tax increase.

“While I will be the first to admit that this budget isn’t perfect, it is a solid step in the right direction especially for our schools and students,” Matzie said. “After the protracted impasse of last year, it is refreshing to see this compromise, especially as it contains historic education funding but doesn’t add to our structural deficit.”

Senate Bill 1073 includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education funding, including $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-K and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education.

“The spending plan that’s now on its way to Governor Tom Wolf is a workable compromise that will invest in our state without relying on a sales or income tax increase,” Matzie said.

Matzie said the bill also would provide funding for three additional Pennsylvania State Police cadet classes; transfer millions from the Oil and Gas Fund to the General Fund to give money to conservation programs, Growing Greener, and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund; and dedicate $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services.