Matzie votes in favor of state spending plan, citing hikes for education and job training

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, cast a favorable vote on a new $32 billion state spending plan today, which includes increases of $100 million for basic education, $25 million for special education and $25 million for Pre-K Counts.


Matzie said the 2017-18 spending plan, the product of bipartisan negotiation, also provides additional funding for job training and the State System of Higher Education – critical components for the commonwealth’s future economic growth.


“This budget is not perfect. But, as elected officials, we have a responsibility to govern,” Matzie said. “This spending plan increases education funding -- for special education, Pre-K, K through 12, and state colleges.


“There is additional money for job training in emerging markets in manufacturing, something desperately needed in Beaver County. Additionally, this on-time spending plan provides funding to further combat opioid addiction – all without requiring an increase in the sales tax or the Personal Income Tax.”


Matzie acknowledged that, “We still have some work to do next week, but I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to finish the business at hand in a timely fashion.”