The $39.8 billion budget approved by the House of Representatives on Friday invests in early childhood education, public schools, services for those with intellectual disabilities and state police, according to Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin).
The budget allocates an additional $1 billion in federal relief funds to nursing homes, transportation infrastructure, career and technical schools, emergency medical services, and the ongoing pandemic response.
“Importantly, we are depositing more than $2.5 billion into the Rainy Day Fund to protect Pennsylvanians in the event of future economic downturns. We also saved some federal relief funds for use in the years to come,” Mehaffie said. “Establishing healthy saving habits is not only important for homeowners and renters, but also for the Legislature. The steps we took when crafting this budget protected the fiscal health of the Commonwealth without a tax increase.”
The budget plan includes:
• a $30 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start.
• an additional $300 million for basic education funding and additional $50 million for special education funding.
• allocations to serve additional people with intellectual disabilities.
• training funds for two new cadet classes for the Pennsylvania State Police.
Representative Tom Mehaffie
106th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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