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Leach Votes NO on Bare-Bones Budget
HARRISBURG – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today voted no on the spending deal reached for Pennsylvania’s 2019-2020 budget, one of just eight senators to do so.
“It’s nice to see this kumbaya moment between Democrats and Republicans in Pennsylvania, but the senate today took the easy way out and did not fulfill its promises to Pennsylvanians,” Leach said. “I voted no because this budget says no to Pennsylvania. There’s no hike in the minimum wage, there’s no mandate for paid family leave and there’s no severance tax on the drillers stealing our resources.”
“This is the first budget in years that we have a $250 million surplus, and instead of investing it into underfunded programs the legislature has decided to store it into a ‘rainy day’ fund. They also decided to end the General Assistance program, which helps the neediest of Pennsylvanians. It’s abhorrent that instead of investing in a program designed to improve the welfare of the most vulnerable, we have decided to store the surplus in a fund,” Leach said.
“I’m happy to see an increase for basic education,” Leach said. “I’m disappointed, however, that there are still parents that can’t afford to pay for their child’s college education and still no variation of a Marcellus Shale tax. Perhaps next time we could have a serious conversation about the revenue we can make legalizing cannabis for adult use and taking more creative approaches to bringing in revenue.”
The Governor has 10 days to consider the deal once it reaches his desk. He has signaled he will sign it. Pennsylvania’s fiscal year ends on June 30.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.