Sep. 24, 2015

Plan releases $11.2 billion in state funds desperately needed by schools and human services

HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement today in response to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passing emergency funding for schools and human services:

“This budget should have been done weeks ago but for the governor’s unreasonable and unrealistic positions which have no support,” said Turzai. “The governor could have and should have signed into law the agreed-upon expenditures for human services, schools and other important modes of funding.”

Turzai noted the General Assembly agreed to nearly 70 percent of what the governor asked for in his budget, including money necessary for human services like those provided by rape crisis and domestic violence centers. The House passed the on-time, fiscally responsible budget June 30. The vetoed budget also contained record-setting school funding.

“The days of manufactured chaos and crisis are over, and the people and Legislature will no longer tolerate such an unprofessional, irresponsible and uncaring approach to governance.”

Turzai called on Gov. Tom Wolf to take a careful look at the emergency funding measures he has threatened to veto “very fast.” Instead, he urged him to sign the bills into law and to actually begin to negotiate in good faith.

“That children sit in Pennsylvania schools today without new textbooks and victims of violence may not be able to get necessary support is unacceptable.”

Representative Mike Turzai
The Speaker
28th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jay Ostrich
717.772.9943 (office), 717.649.6547 (cell) / / @RepTurzai