Rep. Jason Silvis (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana) issued the following statement in response to passage of the Fiscal Year 2021-22 state budget:
“While this is my first state budget, I am proud to stand with my colleagues to once again fight back against the governor’s insatiable desire to tax the residents of Pennsylvania. Shockingly, almost five months ago, the governor proposed a $7 billion Personal Income Tax increase. At the time, the state’s economy was struggling under COVID-19 restrictions and an unemployment system that was barely functioning. We have prevailed, though, and have approved a no-tax-or-fee-increase Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget that helps put the Commonwealth on a path to recovery.
“Schools are receiving additional basic education and special education funding. In addition, $350 million in federal stimulus funds is being used to help negate learning loss due to the pandemic. We are also sending $282 in federal relief dollars to nursing homes, assisted living and personal care homes that incurred unexpected expenses to stop the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, we are funding two new cadet classes to add 180 troopers to the complement.”
“While this budget helps address past COVID-19 costs, we also are looking to the future by sending $2.52 billion on the Rainy Day Fund. No one can predict the next obstacle that will present itself. By bringing the fund to a historic high level, we will be better prepared to weather the storm.”
For more information on 2021-22 state budget, visit www.pahousegop.com
The 55th House District includes Park Township, and Apollo and Leechburg boroughs in Armstrong County; Saltsburg Borough in Indiana County; and Bell, Derry, Loyalhanna, part of Unity and Washington townships, Avonmore, Derry, East Vandergrift, Hyde Park, New Alexandria, Oklahoma, Vandergrift, West Leechburg and Youngtown boroughs, and the city of Latrobe.
Representative Jason Silvis
55th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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