ICYMI: Editorial Boards Praise Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

February 12, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – A week ago, Gov. Tom Wolf made his fifth budget address. He outlined a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation and provide needed resources for education, agriculture, seniors and more.
Here’s a snapshot of the reaction to his proposed spending plan:
Reading Eagle: “By focusing on education and job training, Wolf’s budget is the kind of forward-looking plan the state needs if its citizens are to thrive.”
The Citizens’ Voice: “There is no reason not to have this budget, including its initiatives for economic growth, in place by the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1.”
The Republican Herald: “The governor’s $34.1 billion proposal zeroed in on two connected top priorities that should not be controversial — public education and workforce development.”
The Tribune-Democrat: “We share the enthusiasm local economic development leaders expressed for Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to provide more funding for blight removal by taxing the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.”
The Sharon Herald: “Gov. Tom Wolf has a plan. The four-year, $4.5 billion spending proposal he announced in Johnstown Wednesday would create a pool of money, separate from the budget, for blight removal and reuse projects. The money would be raised by creating a severance fee on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. How about that. Progress will beget progress.”
The Citizens’ Voice: “The proposal is a test for lawmakers whether they will serve the industry’s narrow interests or the public’s broad interests. It’s time for a majority of them finally to get on the right side of the issue.”
PennLive: “If we want the best possible teachers to train future generations of students for any profession or trade, we should treat the teaching profession with the respect it deserves. And that begins with pay.”
Nancy Eshelman, PennLive: “Gov. Tom Wolf wants to ensure that every public school teacher in the state is paid a minimum of $45,000 a year. Count me among the supporters of the idea.”
Paul Muschick, The Morning Call: “Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that the state investigate offering full-day kindergarten to all 5-year-olds is welcome and long overdue.”
Observer-Reporter: “In his budget plan unveiled earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf revived a proposal to require municipalities that rely on state police for full-time coverage to pay a per-resident fee for those services. It’s an idea whose time is overdue.”
Scranton Times-Tribune: “Lawmakers should not only embrace Wolf’s proposal but go all the way, covering the full costs of the machine replacements after the federal contribution, spreading the cost over years and compensating the few counties, including Susquehanna, that already have acquired compliant voting machines.”

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