Matzie: Spending plan boosts education, school safety without raising taxes

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, voted today in favor of the new $32.7 billion state spending plan, citing the bill’s emphasis on strengthening education and career training in the commonwealth while promoting school safety and attacking the opioid addiction crisis.

“Kids deserve good schools and workers need access to training,” Matzie said. “High school graduates should have affordable options. This budget bill does that.

“At the same time, the bill addresses funding for school safety and combatting the heroin and opioid addiction crises. House Bill 2121 – the general appropriations bill the House passed today – would increase funding to accomplish these goals without imposing any kind of tax increase.

“This budget bill isn’t perfect. No budget bill is. What it does is adequately deliver the core functions of government without increasing taxes.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.