Harrisburg – Today, Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) responded to Governor Wolf’s FY 2018-19 budget address, saying he looks forward to carefully studying the $33.2 billion proposal as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee over the next few weeks.
“On the surface, the proposal seems like a good starting point,” said Scavello. “While I am opposed to the Governor’s proposed cuts to tourism and veterans programs, I support the Governor’s proposal to combat Lyme disease in the Commonwealth.”
Senator Scavello also said that he applauds the Governor’s proposed funding for Career and Technical Education. “One of my priorities as a member of the Legislature has been to bring new businesses into Pennsylvania and to foster family sustaining jobs, and training people to fill those jobs is a necessary component to achieving job growth and economic success.”
Senator Scavello has dedicated significant time over the last few years toward working to create a full-day Career and Technical Education program in the 40th Senate District, and he is very close to accomplishing this goal. “It is important that we continue to change and modernize our education system to meet our community and economic needs here in Pennsylvania,” he stated.
Senator Scavello stated he will also will be following other key funding areas including, the Governor’s proposed funding for education line items. “I’m very pleased to see the continued support for basic education funding and higher education funding, including an increase for the PA State System of Higher Education,” said Scavello. However, the Senator expressed his disappointment that the Governor kept community colleges level-funded at a time when investing in such programs is as crucial as ever. “I would also like to see the Governor have a change of heart on his proposed cuts to health-related programs like cancer research,” Scavello said.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Senator Scavello is a member, will begin a three-week series of Departmental Budget Hearings beginning on February 20, 2018. The hearings provide an opportunity for the Appropriations Committee to hear cabinet secretaries and other Administration officials detail their plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The state’s current fiscal year ends on June 30.
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