Harrisburg –Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) said the Senate will carefully review the $36.1 billion state General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 unveiled by Governor Tom Wolf today before a joint session of the General Assembly.
The Governor’s budget proposal includes a $1.5 billion (4.2 percent) increase in state spending from the current fiscal year. The Governor is not requesting a broad-based tax increase this year, but is continuing to push for a Marcellus Shale extraction tax, a $1 per-ton increase in the tipping fee charged to trash companies, and a fee for all municipalities for State Police services.
“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forwarded to reviewing this spending plan and questioning administration officials about their funding requests,” Mensch said. “Over the last 10 years, the Senate has trimmed more than four billion dollars from proposed budgets and blocked massive tax increases. We’ll take the same approach to this proposed budget.”
The Governor is requesting a $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding to $6.4 billion, a $30 million increase for early childhood education (Pre-K Counts to $242.3 million and Head Start to $69.2 million), and a $25 million increase in special education funding to $1.2 billion.
The State System of Higher Education would see a $13 million increase to $490 million, while state funding for community colleges and state-related universities is flat-funded in the Governor’s request.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a three-week series of departmental budget hearings beginning on February 18. 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.
For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com. State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch.
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