HARRISBURG – Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the 2018-19 budget, which increases spending by just 1.7 percent and does not include a tax increase:
“The fact that we were able to balance the budget and meet all of the core responsibilities of government without a tax increase validates our approach to the budget over the past several years. We approach every budget with the idea of limiting new spending and avoiding tax increases, and that led to us entering this year in the best financial shape we have seen in recent memory.
“I am thankful that we were able to find a solution that not only funds core government programs, but also improves school safety. Protecting our kids should be a top priority, and this budget includes $60 million in new funding for school safety. I called for at least $50 million in new funding for school safety in February, and I am thankful that we not only met that goal, but actually exceeded it.
“The inclusion of additional funding to boost career and technical education, restore critical cuts to agriculture programs and combat the spread of Lyme disease will have a positive impact on the quality of life in local communities. I appreciate the fact that lawmakers were able to work cooperatively with the Wolf Administration to arrive at this timely, bipartisan budget agreement.”
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