Published On: Fri, Feb 8th, 2019

Pennsylvania Governor’s Budget for 2019

“Three weeks ago, I had the honor of taking the oath of office for another term as governor. I spoke of a Commonwealth on a comeback — a Pennsylvania on a path to a more functional government, a more prosperous economy, and a brighter future for our children.

The people of our Commonwealth have proven that, despite the challenges we face, Pennsylvania remains a place worthy of its history — a place where people can find good work, strong communities, and opportunity for their kids.

Now, we have a chance to do it again.

If you’re ready for Pennsylvania to implement a budget that invests in our families and our future without raising taxes, let me know you’re with me.

Today, I put forth my budget proposal. And let me cut to the chase: This proposal asks for no new taxes. Not one dollar. Not one dime.

But, let there be no doubt: this is not an austerity budget.

The people of Pennsylvania have made substantial sacrifices in recent years to help our state get up off the mat – and despite a budget that asks for no new taxes, we now have a chance to continue making some important new investments on their behalf.

Investments in our schools and expansions in skills training. Investments to make sure more Pennsylvanians of all ages have real choices when it comes to their health care decisions. Continued investments to reinforce our commitment to the battle against the opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of so many of our neighbors. Investments to support our farmers and agricultural producers so they can continue to sustain our rural communities for generations to come.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have the chance to discuss, debate, and negotiate the details. And I will ask for your partnership in ensuring that this important work continues and that we maintain our commitment to advancing what William Penn once called the “Holy Experiment” — a perpetual experiment in self-government through democracy.

Let us show the world — along with the rest of our country — that right here in Pennsylvania we are making this experiment work.

Let’s show that in the way we tackle the challenge of preparing our Commonwealth for a brighter future — starting with the way we manage our budget process.

This — and no less this — is our task. This is also our privilege.

Show that you’re ready for a budget that works for Pennsylvanians. Let me know you’re in today.

Thank you. God bless us. And God bless the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf



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