This budget's millions of dollars in cuts and savings allows us to address the budget deficit as well as prioritize the state’s most important responsibilities—protecting seniors, ensuring quality education, battling opioid addiction, and rebuilding our middle class.
No Broad-Based Tax Increases
This budget honors the governor's promise for no broad-based tax increases.
Eliminates Government Waste
This budget makes the hard decisions to eliminate duplicative functions across government and unfilled staff vacancies so we can fund the government's most important services.
What We're Still Fighting For
The legislature didn't vote on our proposal to consolidate the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services into a single department, nor our proposal to consolidate the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. For the latter group of agencies, we are still moving forward with combining similar, shared and overlapping resources and functions.
Schools That Teach
More Early Childhood Education Funding
Building upon $60 million in investments over the past two years, this budget includes $30 million in new funding for early childhood education to serve more than 3,300 additional children.
More Basic & Special Education Funding
Building upon $465 million in investments over the past two years, the $100 million in additional funding for Basic Education and $25 million for Special Education increases our total K-12 investment to nearly $600 million over three years. This budget also includes $2 million to leverage and maximize up to $20 million in federal funding to enhance current school breakfast programs.
More Higher Education Funding
Building upon nearly $100 million in investments over the past two years, this year's $8.9 million in new funding for the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities will bolster PASSHE's ability to graduate career-ready students. This budget also includes $1 million to support sexual assault prevention, reporting and response efforts at postsecondary institutions.
Strengthens Education Accountability
This budget includes $2 million in state funding, leveraging additional federal funds, for school improvement
efforts at persistently low-achieving schools.
Jobs That Pay
Trains our Workforce for 21st-Century Manufacturing Jobs
Manufacturing is the third-largest industry in Pennsylvania.
This budget includes $12 million for Manufacturing PA – an initiative to encourage manufacturing investment across the commonwealth, including partnering our major research institutions to accelerate technology investment, and supporting the development of new training programs to align with workforce needs.
Supports Small Businesses and Job Creators
The work to provide small businesses and other job creators with better information on services the commonwealth provides to help them grow has already begun at the Department of Community and Economic Development with a new "one-stop shop" website. This budget also includes $2.5 million to restart the business calling program to expand regular proactive outreach to Pennsylvania businesses.
Protects Jobs and Taxpayers in Pennsylvania
Businesses that receive state funding to create jobs must spend these dollars appropriately and produce outcomes. The Department of Community and Economic Development will strengthen these "clawbacks," particularly for companies that relocate out of state, to ensure our focus is on creating jobs that pay here in Pennsylvania. Moreover, the creation of a Middle Class Task Force will bring together industry and policy experts to make policy recommendations that support middle class families.
What We're Still Fighting For
The legislature didn't raise the minimum wage in this year's budget, but Pennsylvanians still deserve a raise. Pennsylvanians who work full time at the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour earn only $15,080 annually, leaving them below the poverty level for a family of four. Governor Wolf supports raising the wage to $12.00 per hour.
Protecting Human Services
Improves Home-Based and Community-Based Care
Implementation of Community HealthChoices will coordinate health care coverage and long-term services and supports to serve over 420,000 older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities in communities rather than facilities.
Provides $36.2 Million to Move Individuals off Waiting Lists
This budget includes $26.2 million to move more individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism into care. This will reduce the waiting list by 1,000 individuals. This funding will also provide employment and community services to 820 graduates with intellectual disabilities and autism. The budget also contains $10 million to take 1,800 children off the child care waiting list.
Safeguards Funding for Our Most Important Programs
Past administrations cut funding for our most vulnerable when the budget got tight. Governor Wolf is taking a different approach by prioritizing programs for seniors and individuals with intellectual disabilities by eliminating wasteful government spending to protect their programs.
Battling the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Expands Access to Overdose Antidote Naloxone
We cannot help our family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens get the treatment they need if they die from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin. This budget includes $5 million to increase access life-saving overdose antidote Naloxone for first responders and law enforcement across the state.
Expands Access to Treatment Services
The Centers of Excellence that expanded treatment for substance abuse disorder to 11,000 Pennsylvanians will continue to be fully funded. Federal Cures Act funding, which includes $26.5 million in each of the next two years to expand access to treatment services, is being maximized in Pennsylvania and will particurlarly go towards treating individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.
Diverts Offenders into Treatment and Recovery
This budget provides $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery instead of into the criminal justice system.