Killion: Senate Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget with Key Funds for Local Institutions

Harrisburg, PA– State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) announced the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 state budget. House Bill 218 provides for a state budget of $32 billion which represents a 0.2% increase over the previous year and contains investments in key budget area like basic education, Pre-K education programs, and special education.

The state spending plan passed the Senate with a vote of 43-7. The final budget was a result of bi-partisan negotiations between the Senate, House, and Governor.

“The FY 2017-18 budget strikes a balance between supporting state priorities like education and healthcare while still dealing with significant fiscal challenges like meeting staggering state pension obligations,” said Killion. “I am also glad to have worked to ensure the budget continues to support key local priorities and institution in our region,” added Killion.

The FY 2017-18 contains a $100 million increase for basic education funding, a $25 million increase for special education funding, and restores $30 million for the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Activities which supports the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. The budget also restores critical healthcare funding important to area with the inclusion of $8.6 million for Trauma Centers and $3.7 million for Burn Centers. This spending plan also continues to provide critical funding to Counties to help them serve as a partner with the state in their administration of judicial, human service, and criminal justice programs.

“This spending plan goes to great lengths to set clear priorities by supporting strategic investments in education, healthcare, and public safety while also being responsible to the taxpayers by ensuring the increase in spending was well below the rate of inflation,” concluded Killion.

Office of Senator Tom Killion: Mike Stoll, 610-436-3320