HARRISBURG – Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) said today she is pleased that the governor’s budget proposal reflects the priorities of the people of 63rd District and rural Pennsylvania and is optimistic that a balanced state budget, which is responsive to the needs of local residents, can be passed without a tax increase and on time.
The governor outlined his 2019-20 state budget Tuesday during a joint session of the House and Senate in Harrisburg.
The proposed budget, at $34 billion, is 2.8 percent higher than the current year and does not call for any increases in the state income or sales taxes. It seeks to invest more in workforce development, add more to basic education funding, lower the Corporate Net Income Tax and help with small agriculture producers.
“I’m glad to see that the governor is proposing a number of investments in areas important to us, namely workforce development, education and agriculture,” said Oberlander. “We all know that good schools and good jobs are key factors in strong families and strong communities. We recognize that we must reduce barriers to job creators to allow our economy to prosper. We want to provide avenues for our residents to achieve higher-paying jobs. Businesses do best when we give them flexibility, and that continues to be our goal.”
Oberlander noted that while the governor’s speech was mostly well received, details of the spending plan are still being reviewed. She intends to look more closely at a local fee for state police coverage and other initiatives recently announced by the administration.
“The governor set a positive tone today – one that most of us certainly agree with – because we all have the same goal,” Oberlander added. “We want our families, our communities and our Commonwealth to succeed.”
Public hearings by the House Appropriations Committee on the 2019-20 spending plan begin on Monday, Feb. 11. For more information, visit PABudget.com
Representative Donna Oberlander
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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