Harrisburg, February 6, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D- Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement on the Governor’s proposed 2018-19 state budget:
“As budget discussions commence, I plan to work to ensure that investments in education and economic development programs are at the forefront.
“Established northeastern Pennsylvania programs to improve educational opportunities, like the SHINE afterschool programs are a perfect match to the Governors’ PA Smart proposal. Both the Carbon/Schuylkill and Luzerne County SHINE programs have garnered national attention and have a documented record of improving academic performance and family participation.
“A responsible budget must adequately fund the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other agencies that support economic activity and growth. Environmental permits are required for nearly every energy, construction, environmental remediation, or economic development project in Pennsylvania. In the past 15 years, DEP has suffered from substantial funding reductions, and I commend the Governor’s effort to add $2.5 million to help the department increase its staff complement.
“We must also continue to support infrastructure and development investments which create jobs. In northeastern Pennsylvania, the construction of the South Valley Parkway has attracted national developers, like Northpoint Development, and nationally acclaimed businesses like Chewy.com, Patagonia, and Adidas, creating thousands of jobs for the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania.
“I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to pass a responsible budget that supports our citizens and revitalizes our economy.”