Mullery supports 2018-19 state budget

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery issued the following statement regarding today’s passage of the state budget by the House of Representatives:

“This is a responsible, on-time budget that protects taxpayers because it contains no tax or fee increases, and I was happy to support it,” Mullery said.

Mullery, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Career and Technical Education, was particularly pleased with the spending plan’s commitment to CTE programs.

“As a commonwealth, it’s important that we train students for the jobs that will be available in the future, and we do just that by providing more CTE programs. This will ultimately lead to family-sustaining jobs for people living in Luzerne County and throughout Pennsylvania,” he said.

Altogether, $40 million is in the budget for PA Smart, the initiative proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf to boost workforce development, computer science and STEM training as follows:

  • A $30 million increase is in the career and technical education appropriation in the Department of Education. That includes $10 million for the regular career and technical education subsidy and $20 million for programs promoting employer engagement in postsecondary education, expanding computer science course offerings, developing STEM educator development and training programs, and advancing workers in career and technical fields.

  • A new $7 million apprenticeship training appropriation in the Department of Labor and Industry.

  • A $3 million increase in the industry partnerships appropriation in L&I.

Mullery said that the budget reflects priorities offered in the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which includes supporting quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes for all Pennsylvanians. More information about the Plan For PA is available at www.planforpa.com.