As he has every year since entering the House of Representatives, Warren again voted in favor of a budget that prioritizes education funding while still protecting taxpayers and building a stronger fiscal foundation for Pennsylvania’s future.
In 2015 and 2016, the Governor argued for higher taxes – including taxes that would have unfairly impacted the families of Chester and Montgomery Counties. Warren believed there was a better way and rejected those hikes instead focusing on spending controls and initiatives to help spark economic growth. This year, the positive impact of that decision is now being seen as the state’s budget deficit has been closed without the massive tax increases called for just a few years ago.
The budget Warren supported passed with a strong bipartisan majority of the House holds spending below the rate of inflation and also:
– Create a new safe schools initiative
– Sets a record high $12.3 billion for PreK-12 education — including increases of 5.2% or more for every district in the 157th District
– Contributes to the state’s pension system to relieve pressure on property taxpayers
– Increases funding for post-secondary education, including community colleges and state-related universities
– Provides for training for more state police classes
– Increases services for those with intellectual disabilities and to assist families affected by the opioid crisis