Aument Cautiously Optimistic of Accomplishing Republican Priorities in State Budget


Shapiro budget includes many Republican priorities, lacks mention of RGGI, school choice

(HARRISBURG) – Senate Majority Whip Ryan Aument (R-36) issued the following statement following the budget address that Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered today to a joint session of the General Assembly:

“Pennsylvanians expect and deserve results. In divided government, that means working together on issues that matter to residents and that will make Pennsylvania a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

“While I certainly don’t agree with Gov. Shapiro on everything, I’m looking forward to working together on important issues we do agree on, like:

  • Bringing together stakeholders from education, business, labor, and government to create a shared long-term vision to redesign Pennsylvania’s education system,
  • Accelerating the Corporate Net Income tax reduction plan to promote economic growth and attract new employers,
  • Supporting working parents by making childcare more accessible and affordable,
  • Reevaluating how the Commonwealth funds higher education,
  • Streamlining our permitting process to get businesses up and running faster,
  • Allocating funds for increased mental health resources in schools and communities,
  • Providing property tax relief to senior citizens,
  • Supporting police officers, firefighters, and first responders,
  • Addressing the teacher shortage, and
  • Combatting Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we can work together on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania to accomplish meaningful reforms in these areas where we agree. However, if Pennsylvania is truly to succeed, we must also support families and students who want school choice, and we must remove our state from the job-destroying Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – both are efforts that Shapiro said he’d support while on the campaign trail.

“I look forward to continuing to elevate the priorities of my constituents throughout the budget negotiations in the coming months.”


CONTACT:  Stephanie Applegate

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