—Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) has backed a balanced bipartisan state budget that increases education spending while putting money into the state Rainy Day Fund, all without raising taxes.
“We need to do a better job managing our money,” Polinchock said. “This budget does that. It will benefit the 144th District by increasing funds for schools without extra borrowing or tax hikes.”
The budget keeps spending at $33.997 billion, a 1.8% increase over the current fiscal year, about the rate of inflation.
PreK through 12th-grade education funding is increased by $432 million, to the highest levels in state history. Special education funding would be increased by $50 million, while career and technical education would receive an increase of $10 million, with separate increases for some of our highest-performing technical schools, to help their pathways to success be utilized across the Commonwealth.
“The increases to career and technical education are important,” Polinchock said. “We are dedicating $7 million to the career and technical education line item and $3 million to the equipment grants line item, which shows how serious we are about helping future workers find effective alternatives in education and career development.”
The budget also adds $250 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
“That will position us to avoid tax increases and borrowing in the future,” Polinchock said. “It’s just another way this budget is a major step forward in handling the taxpayers’ dollars in a more responsible way.”
Representative Todd Polinchock
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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