Governor Introduces Responsible Budget With Important Investments
This week, Governor Tom Wolf introduced his budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year. His proposal includes no broad-based taxes and $300 million in new initiatives, focused on investments to our workforce and education system.
Education investments total $225 million and include:
- $100 million for basic education
- $20 million for special education
- $30 million for pre-k counts
- $10 million for Head Start
- $10 million for career and technical education
- $15 million for PASSHE
- $40 million in STEM and computer science education
- $10 million through L&I to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships
Workforce development programs include $5 million to PA First, and the continuation of $12 million to Manufacturing PA, which supports a training grant program.
Governor Wolf’s proposal also includes new funding to programs for women and families, like expanded access to high quality child care. Health care is another large aspect of the Governor’s proposal, and he has introduced funding for additional addiction treatment services, and Lyme disease prevention.
He has also asked the legislature again for a modest severance tax to fund these new programs. His proposal is a price sensitive tax added to the existing impact fee. Pennsylvania remains the only major drilling state that does not impose a tax on the extraction of natural gas. Another item on which Pennsylvania lags behind is an increase in the minimum wage, Governor Wolf has asked for a raise from $7.25 (our current rate, the federal minimum) to $12 per hour. This is in line with several proposals from the Senate Democratic caucus, and Republicans in both chambers have also proposed minimum wage increases recently. Every state that neighbors Pennsylvania has increased their wage above the federal minimum, and it is time for Pennsylvania to do the same.
The budget process now moves to department hearings before the Appropriations Committee where members of the legislature will be able to ask questions of the governor’s cabinet secretaries before introducing and voting on a budget bill.
With a modest starting point from Governor Wolf that includes investments in popular, much-needed programs, this budget process is likely to be quicker and less rancorous than previous years.
Upcoming Events in District
Pathway to Pardons | POSTPONED
Pathways to Pardons event has been postponed. Rescheduled details will be available shortly.
Eagles Parade | February 8, 2018 | 11am-3pm
The route will start at Broad and Pattison at 11 am. It will then go north towards City Hall, West on S. Penn Square, north on 15th St, West on JFK Blvd., North on 16th St, West on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and end at the Art Museum steps for the ceremony.
Be prepared to walk. Whether you drive or take public transportation you should expect to walk several blocks to your desired spot. Plan your travel ahead of time and be prepared with whatever essentials you may need.
Be sure to check septa.org/eagles for service details.
There will be no meter or time limit restriction enforcement by the Philadelphia Parking Authority on Thursday.
Trash and recycling will be suspended on Thursday. Thursdays pickups will be made on Friday and Fridays pickups will be made on Saturday.
For the most updated information you can sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia alerts by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777
Most importantly have fun and be safe!
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Philly Theatre Week | February 8 - 18, 2018
The first-ever Philadelphia Theater Week starts this Thursday, February 8 and continues through Sunday, February 18! Philadelphia has always been a strong supporter of the arts, and Philly Theatre Week will be a great way to celebrate the theatre industry! With over 250 performances at various locations throughout the city and tons of events, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.
For more information on ticket pricing and a list of performances, click here.
125th Birthday of Reading Terminal Market
February 22, 2018 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Reading Terminal Market opening! Throughout 2018, several events will take place to recognize this great achievement. On February 22, Reading Terminal Market will host “1893 Day”, a look back in time to when the market first opened.
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