Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan to address toxic school conditions

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Brian Sims applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the upcoming budget.

Wolf presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems.

“Our teachers and students shouldn’t have to show up every day to schools that are making them sick,” Sims said. “I am glad to see Governor Wolf prioritize safe, clean schools in his budget plan because people have been dealing with these toxic conditions for far too long. We have to make this right.

“Previously, temporary solutions have been proposed and tested for this issue, but nothing has done enough to really make an impact on the people at the greatest risk for exposure to toxins,” Sims continued. “This budget proposal better reflects the sort of sweeping changes that will need to happen for our schools to be safe for every student and teachers in them.”