Leach Unsatisfied By Bare Bones Budget

HARRISBURG – June 29, 2017 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today commented on the $31.9 billion spending deal reached today for Pennsylvania’s 2017-2018 budget.

The deal was amended into House Bill 218 at 10:15pm Thursday night by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Senate will convene at 9:00am Friday morning to hold a final vote on the bill. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has signaled it will pass the bill shortly thereafter.

Governor Tom Wolf will have 10 days to consider the deal once it reaches his desk, after which it will become law without his approval.

The Pennsylvania Constitution’s budget deadline is June 30.

A deal by which the Commonwealth will raise the revenue needed to pay for HB218’s spending plan is still up in the air. Legislators plan to return after the 4th of July holiday to continue those negotiations.

Leach’s comment:

“I feel like we’ve been running on a treadmill for years – and we’re getting nowhere. We should be considering options that honestly pay for our priorities, but instead, year after year, we borrow money, shift around money, and magically make money using inflated estimates. This year we’re making modest investments in education, but we never seriously considered making college affordable for students, or raising the minimum wage for workers, or providing property tax relief to home owners. What the hell are we doing here, if not the big, hard things?”

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