Harrisburg – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) today said that he will work with fellow members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to carefully review the 2017-18 state budget announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“After two years of calling for massive tax increases, the Governor has finally offered what we’ve been requesting: a budget that looks to rein in spending,” said Scavello. “Now, we have to examine just how the administration arrived at its balanced budget figures and what revenues he proposes raising. The major causes of cost increases, such as public pensions, are not addressed in this plan. Additionally, we have to explore how the Governor’s consolidation of departments will affect delivery of services.”
The Governor proposes total spending of $32.337 billion which is an increase of $571.5 million or, 1.8 percent, above the current spending. The Basic Education Funding allocation is proposed at $5.995 billion, an increase of $100 million, or 1.7 percent. The Ready to Learn Block Grant allocation is proposed at $250 million, the same amount as the current year’s budget.
Senator Scavello and the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin three weeks of public hearings on the proposed budget on February 21.
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