– Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) voted in favor of a $33.997 billion state budget proposal that will continue to grow the state’s economy, educate students and help create new jobs while at the same time features no new taxes, no tax increases and no additional fees to the people of the Commonwealth.
“This wasn’t a perfect budget but overall, we were able to stay within our boundaries and not raise taxes,” said Gaydos.
The budget proposal passed by the House also includes a $432 million increase in preK through 12th-grade education funding. Additionally, special education funding would be increased by $50 million, while career and technical education would be increased by $10 million.
To view Gaydos’ video comments regarding the state budget, watch the video below.
This budget proposal also takes an historic step by committing at least $250 million into the Commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, which is the state’s savings account and is used should the economy hit a downturn resulting in a reduction of revenue.
“I was pleased to see that we are putting away money in our Rainy Day Fund,” continued Gaydos. “It is important to save for our future. While I think we need to keep raising that number to save for rainy days, and continue to work toward living within our means, I believe this is a good start and hope to see this trend continue into our future.
“Taking part in the state budget process for the first time as a state representative, my priorities were to hold government accountable, promote fiscal responsibility and strengthen our Commonwealth's business climate,” added Gaydos. “I believe this budget matches those priorities and moves the state in the right direction.”
Although the House passed the budget on Tuesday, it still needs to be approved in the Senate and signed by the governor.
For more information regarding the state budget, visit this site
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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