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Harrisburg, June 22, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the 2018-19 state budget:

“The $32.7 billion spending plan for the Commonwealth reflects a spirited bipartisan effort to implement a state budget with no new tax increases, and a series of smart investments in education, economic development, and environmental protection.

With a growing economy that has boosted state revenues, Governor Wolf and the General Assembly are making strides in this year’s budget to invest in critical education and workforce development policies that will continue to bolster job creation and business investment across Pennsylvania. The PA SMART Initiative, an innovative new focus on STEM-based career and technical education will unleash the full potential of the Pennsylvania workforce. 

Increased investments in community colleges, like Luzerne County Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College, will prepare students for a 21st century job market and aid small businesses to build a pipeline of skilled workers that will transform the Pennsylvania economy.

New investments in the Department of Environmental Protection will enable the agency to address significant staff shortages in critical environmental stewardship programs, like the water quality program, and improve the agency’s ability to streamline its permitting process to allow for responsible development.”

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