Jul. 08, 2022 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) announced that the state’s 2022-23 budget has passed. This year’s budget invests $42.8 billion into Pennsylvania, while ensuring no new taxes or tax increases.

“This year’s goal was to save for Pennsylvania’s future, return money back to taxpayers and invest in our families, communities and important industries,” said Mizgorski. “While this year’s budget took a bit longer to be agreed upon, we have created one that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”

In order to prepare for whatever the future has in store, the General Assembly has put an additional $2.1 billion into the Rainy Day Fund, making for a historic total of $5 billion. This money will ensure that the state is ready for a potential recession and that if it does hit, taxes will not need to be raised.

Pennsylvanians unfortunately continue to struggle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the 2022-23 state budget, relief for small businesses will be provided. The Corporate Net Income Tax also will be cut, providing relief for job creators, which in turn will help drive natural economic growth.

“Investing in the state’s future was a high priority for everyone while negotiating this budget,” Mizgorski continued. “We were able to allocate money to several areas that needed help the most.”

This state budget creates the first-ever Pennsylvania Child Care Tax Credit to support working families by allowing those who claim the federal tax credit to claim 30% of the federal credit at the state level.

Education funding received a historic amount of funding that will invest in basic education, special education, rural area students, school safety and security, mental health, early childhood education, school choice, higher education, public libraries and more.

“I am proud to say that providing for public safety and supporting law enforcement was a high priority when crafting this budget,” said Mizgorski. “Our citizens deserve safe communities and the officers who keep us safe deserve the funding and tools that will allow them to do their jobs as they need to be done.”

The Pennsylvania State Police will receive a 17% increase in funding that will allow them to train and hire 200 additional troopers, create 32 new positions to improve firearm purchase instant background checks, and purchase additional technology that will include body-worn cameras and mobile video recorders. Local law enforcement grants will also be provided at a cost of $140 million.

In an effort to get to the root causes of crime and violence, $135 million has been provided for a mental health initiative. To keep schools safe, $100 million has been provided for school safety and security funding through the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee.

The 2022-23 state budget also provides funding for health care, agriculture, infrastructure, Pennsylvanian’s most vulnerable citizens and more.

For more information, visit www.pahousegop.com/statebudget.

Representative Lori Mizgorski
30th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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