SB 1466 increases support for schools, human services
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bipartisan budget today that increases funding for important line items, according to State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47). The budget bill, SB 1466, adds more than $517 million for important education and human service programs that are vital to working families.
“I have heard from my constituents that we need a budget that reflects the reality of our economic situation while also sticking with our commitment to providing a great education to our children and protecting the most vulnerable in our Commonwealth. With this budget, we are able to do that without raising taxes and by keeping our spending within our means,” Vogel said. “This is a commonsense proposal that will help produce family sustaining jobs for Pennsylvanians.”
As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Senator Vogel was also pleased that the Senate Budget returns important funding for Pennsylvania’s number one industry, agriculture.
“It is vital that we continue to help agriculture to grow. This commitment will help not only farmers but consumers as well,” Vogel continued. “I applaud Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman and the other members of the Appropriations Committee for listening to the needs of the agricultural community.”
SB 1466 now moves to the House of Representatives for their consideration.
“It’s important to note that this is another step in the budget process. If revenues continue to improve, it may be possible to make more changes for important state programs. These increases are the result of the commonsense fiscal and tax policies that we have followed recently. We need to allow the private sector to grow in order to meet our commitments and to allow employers to create good jobs,” Vogel added.
CONTACT: Joe Weidner