Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his 2018-2019 state budget proposal before a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
The Governor’s plan calls for $33 billion in state spending, which is about $1 billion more than the Commonwealth spent last year.
A good chunk of that increase is going to education, particularly career and technical education and career development.
House Majority Leader Dave Reed, a Republican from Indiana County, says it was a mixed bag that needs some work.
The proposed budget would not increase tax rates on sales or income, the state’s two biggest sources of revenue. It also counts on about $250 million from a new severance tax on natural gas production. Additionally, the proposal calls for lawmakers to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour, up from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, to save $100 million in social and human services costs.
By law, both the House and the Senate must approve a budget by the July 1 deadline.
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