HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) released the following statement today after voting in favor of the 2019-20 state budget:
“I am extremely encouraged by the fact that the budget makes significant investments in workforce development to help community residents gain the training and skills they need to fill the needs of a 21st Century workforce. As Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, I place a high priority on helping more Pennsylvanians train for high-paying, family-sustaining jobs, and this budget represents a strong leap forward toward that goal.
“I am thankful that this budget also meets a number of pressing needs in our local communities, including additional funding to address the heroin and opioid addiction crisis; positive changes to the criminal justice system; new resources to improve school safety and student behavioral health; more funding for rape crisis and domestic violence services; more money for education at all levels; and a substantial increase for our child welfare programs on the county level. All of these items represent significant progress in our efforts to build stronger and safer communities.
“I am thankful that we were able to do all of these things without a tax increase, while also depositing money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund to deal with any future budget shortfalls. This fiscally responsible approach sets the stage for more business growth, more jobs, and stronger communities in the future. I will continue to support funding what works in state government.”
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