Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week ended the first half of 2021 in Harrisburg, and with it the passage of the FY 2021-2022 state budget. It was a long week of back-and-forth negotiations with the House of Representatives and the Governor, but in the end, I can confidently say we produced a responsible, fiscally sound, and historic budget that will fully fund our obligations for the next year, as well as make major increases in important areas like education.
2021-22 Budget Highlights
- $40.8 billion General Fund budget
- No tax increases (Governor Wolf proposed a 46% increase)
- $2.5 billion to the Rainy-Day Fund
- $145 million to support the hospitality industry
- $300 million more for basic education
- $50 million more for special education
- $25 million more for Pre-K
- $5 million more for Head Start
- $100 million to “Level-Up” school districts across Pennsylvania
- $279 million in federal money for highway and bridge improvement
- $282 million in federal money for nursing homes
- $14 million to remove Pennsylvanians from intellectual disability services waiting lists
- $30 million for violence intervention and prevention
In addition to the budget, two important pieces of legislation that my office has heard a lot about from constituents passed and will head to the Governor:
- House Bill 1300 (Grove) – Comprehensive voting law modernization
- Senate Bill 618 (Phillips-Hill) – Prohibits vaccine passports
Finally, I am proud to announce that for the second week in a row, a piece of legislation which I authored will head to the Governor. While we found out earlier this week that my breast cancer donation legislation, Senate Bill 445, was signed by the Governor as Act 23 of 2021, the House unanimously passed my legislation to help workers with disabilities, Senate Bill 156, which will now head to the Governor for enactment.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.
Senator Bob Mensch
24th Senatorial District