Welby supports 2022-23 state budget

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Thom Welby offered the following statement after the House of Representatives today voted to pass the 2022-23 state budget:

“This budget is a positive step forward in fairly funding our schools, particularly the Scranton School District, which has been severely underfunded by the state for years. It won’t correct the problem entirely, but this investment in our kids is an important one.

“I’m also pleased to see a $140 million increase for the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. This additional money will provide current participants with another one-time check that is equal to 70% of what they receive in this year’s rebate. That’s not a huge amount of money, but for folks on fixed incomes, any amount helps.

“Finally, the budget includes over $4 million for the new Lackawanna County Health Department. This is a welcome influx from the state that otherwise would have come from county taxpayers.

“I’m disappointed that more wasn’t done to reduce local school property taxes, and while I won’t be here after this session, I believe my colleagues will continue working to address that issue in the future,” Welby said.