Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 5. – State Rep. Brian Sims applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget plan, which was unveiled Tuesday.

Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well as new workforce initiatives to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf also proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt.

“As co-chair of the PASSHE Caucus, I am very excited to see the focus that Governor Wolf has placed on education spending across the state” Sims said. “Our students deserve to learn in clean, healthy environments where they have access to the resources that they need at all levels of the education system. College students deserve to learn without going into lifechanging debt. Teachers deserve to work in buildings that won’t harm them.”

Wolf’s budget plan also includes funds to implement comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases, as well as a plan to raise the minimum wage to $12 by July 1, 2020. He also urged the passage of non-discrimination legislation to give LGBTQ Pennsylvanians equal rights.

“Overall, I see this budget plan as a clear statement that we are tired of inequality in Pennsylvania and we are ready to work toward a safer, fairer Commonwealth for everyone. We should be doing everything in our power to protect families from gun violence, ensure our workers are making living wages and that everyone is protected under the law regardless of their sexual orientation,” Sims said. “I’m glad to see Governor Wolf’s commitment to improving life for the people of Pennsylvania.”