It’s budget time again in Harrisburg and my fellow Senate Democrats and I believe that Governor Corbett has the wrong budget priorities and is failing to meet our state’s and city’s short and long term needs. To counter this, the Senate Democrats have a balanced plan to get Pennsylvania and Philadelphia back to work and back on the right path. Here are some highlights:
- Job creation – This is one of my top priorities because Pennsylvania is ranked 49th in the U.S. for job creation. Our plan increases job funding by $125 million so our talented workforce across the Commonwealth can get back to work.
- Education – Our caucus is proposing a $212 million increase. The current administration has failed when it comes to education and I want to move funding levels back to where they were three years ago and add $50 million in additional dollars to the Accountability Block Grant, $39 million for distressed school districts and $20.5 million for Special Education.
- Council on the Arts and Grants – In Philadelphia the arts are a massive economic driver, which is why I’m lobbying to increase their funding. Overall they have a $3.3 billion dollar impact on the region, support tens of thousands of jobs and bring in over $150 million in tax revenues annually.
- Attorney General’s Office – I’m committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe by combating gun violence and illegal firearms in Philadelphia, catching more sexual predators and getting the gangs and drug traders off the street. So, we are calling for an $8 million increase for Attorney General Kane.
The Democratic budget proposal is a $28.4 billion plan that is $60 million above and beyond the governor’s proposal. Our plan is fully paid for with funds from Medicaid expansion, liquor modernization and a one year freeze in the phase out of the Capital Stock and Franchise tax without an increase to broad-based taxes.
I will keep you informed as budget negotiations continue. Thank you for your support and feel free to let me know if I can be of any assistance.
All my best,
Sen. Larry Farnese
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