McCarter: Increase in public education funding what Pennsylvania needs

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address:

“Today, Governor Wolf proposed a budget that will provide a historic increase to education funding and move Pennsylvania away from the past four years of poor planning and harsh cuts to our education system. Our local school districts have been under duress and it’s simply not right that the quality of education be determined by a zip code. By committing to investing $2 billion in Pre-K through 12 education and formulating a fair funding formula, we will make up lost ground and better prepare our students for the jobs of the future.

“I also applaud Governor Wolf for his dedication to helping hard-working, full-time employees earn a living wage. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is long overdue. Pennsylvanians deserve an honest pay for honest work, and the current minimum wage simply does not provide that. A parent with two children who works 40 hours per week and earns the minimum wage will live below the poverty level. This is unacceptable. I hope Governor Wolf’s support will encourage Republican leadership in the House to more seriously consider raising the minimum wage than they have in the past.

“I realize that this is only the beginning of the budgetary process, but I am optimistic about much of what we heard today. There are some proposals I have more questions on; however, I anticipate the budget hearings held over the next few months will answer many of those questions and shed light on these issues further. I look forward to working with Governor Wolf and my fellow legislators to craft a budget that will truly create more quality jobs, improve our education system and require efficient governing that serves the people of Pennsylvania.”