The Senate approved a $40.8 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22 that supports Pennsylvania’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing a financial safety net for the future, according to Senator Dan Laughlin, who voted for measure. Senate Bill 255 now goes to the governor’s desk for enactment into law.
The fiscally responsible budget does not include any of the tax increases proposed by the governor in February — including a 46% Personal Income Tax hike and the imposition of a Marcellus Shale Extraction tax. In addition, the final budget restores the governor’s cuts in funding for health care and agricultural programs and services. Nor does it include the governor’s proposal to divert money from the Race Horse Development Fund.
“I strongly disagreed with the governor on his proposal to take $199 million from the Race Horse Development Fund,” Senator Laughlin said. “That fund was established as an agreement between the legislature and the racing industry to bring casinos to Pennsylvania. That fund is a key reason why we have horse racing at Presque Isle Downs.”
Senate Republicans recognize the importance of all Pennsylvania schools and the vital role they play in ensuring today’s students are given the tools to be competitive in the 21st Century global marketplace and be productive members of our communities.
To that end, the budget includes $300 million more for Basic Education Funding, $50 million more for Special Education, $25 million more for Pre-K programs and $5 million more for Head Start. The budget package also includes $5 million for the development and operation of the Erie Community College.
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