At the end of June, I supported the passage of the 2021-22 Pennsylvania budget. The budget included no new taxes and no new fees. This year’s budget is set to deposit roughly $2.6 billion into the Rainy Day Fund, to be used to address future budgets, issues arising from COVID-19 Pandemic, and prevent major tax increases in the future. In addition, classrooms (pre-K-12) will see a record high investment of $13.55 billion. We also allocated $44 million of federal relief funds for career and technical schools to ensure that students can learn the skills needed for future jobs.
The 2021-22 budget also made big investments in Pennsylvania infrastructure and jobs. To make up for the pandemic-related losses in the Motor License Fund, we allocate $279 million in federal relief funds for transportation infrastructure. Recognizing the ongoing costs related to COVID-19, this budget allocates $282 million in federal relief funds to help nursing homes, assisted living, and personal care homes with PPE and other pandemic-related cost.
As part of the budget process on July 9, my House Bill 336
(Act 70), which included 2021-22 state budget implementation language, became law. This Act is focused on promoting transparency and protecting taxpayers.
Act 70 updates and removes obsolete provisions relating to the Department of Banking and Securities and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It increases transparency by creating a Judicial Computer System Financial Audit Committee and requires lobbyists to disclose any equity that they hold in clients. Greater financial accuracy will be brought to state government by instituting dynamic scoring for legislation that carries a fiscal impact which exceeds $50 million.
This legislation also provides notice of a constitutional question that is being considered by the Department of State. Finally, this Act modifies Pennsylvania overtime thresholds, so they align with the recently updated federal thresholds.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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