Wheatley: Governor’s budget proposal a bold step forward for PA

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 budget unveiled today:

“Once again, Governor Wolf has made a bold attempt to push our commonwealth and its many kings and queens of the General Assembly forward. He has put forth a reasonably straightforward budget proposal that attempts to put equity and fairness at the center and begin to modernize our very outdated and insufficient revenue structures, while simultaneously focusing on our hard-working men and women.

“Some legislators will focus on those elements they believe will make easy political points, but we should applaud our governor for being bold and focusing on our state’s future and not on its past.

“I am looking forward to working with this administration as we move ahead over the next few months and embark on ways to bring our families and communities' interests to the budgetary process. Whether it's enacting an adult-use cannabis legalization system; further reforming our criminal justice system; or leading the charge to bring more Pennsylvanians tax relief while also finding the needed revenues to continue long term investments in our educational system, childcare systems and workforce systems, I'm here to be an advocate, partner and active participant.

“Governor Wolf has set the stage and laid out a pathway forward. Now, it’s time to see if my fellow colleagues are courageous enough to join his bold vision and find common ground for the long- term future and success of all Pennsylvanians!

“Now is not the time to run scared and hide or wait for some outside saviors. Each legislator has been asked to serve as a leader, and it is time to come to come to the collective table for the benefit of the greater good. Our governor understands this and has shown his willingness to work across ideological, political and geographic lines – and now it’s time we work together as a collective elected body.”