Youngblood lauds Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on drilling

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., applauded today’s 2018-19 state budget proposal unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf because of its continued commitment to education while expanding jobs and skills training and the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling.

“Once again, the governor’s budget is putting people first. His proposal is seeking $120 million more for school districts in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth, as well as higher investment for pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs and state universities, and career and technical education.   

“In addition to that commitment, Gov. Wolf is seeking to launch PASmart, which would provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians to get the skills they would need to obtain good, family-sustaining jobs,” Youngblood said.

“I am also a proponent of the governor’s repeated stance on a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. This commonsense tax would help meet Pennsylvania’s needs such as education and balancing our budget. It is long overdue for the drilling industry to pay its fair share of doing business in the commonwealth. 

“As the House Democratic Caucus Secretary, I’m pleased to see the governor’s budget falls directly in line with our own House Democratic agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania, which focuses on quality schools, good jobs and fairer taxes,” she said.