Harrisburg, February 4, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) released the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his 2020-2021 budget proposal today:
“Governor Wolf began the budget conversation today by acknowledging the communities of Luzerne County will be hurt by the closure of SCI Retreat and White Haven Center. The proposal of a $5 million state grant fund to assist communities negatively impacted by the closure of a state facility is a good first step, but much more needs to be done in this budget to help Luzerne County recover from the loss of $100 million in annual economic impact and more than 800 jobs.
“As budget negotiations begin, I will work to ensure the people of northeastern Pennsylvania are at the budget table and push for a final budget that does more to invest in the people and communities of northeastern Pennsylvania.
“The budget conversation needs to be focused on growing the Pennsylvania economy and creating good, family sustaining jobs. Passage of important economic development legislation, like the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit, will help northeastern Pennsylvania capture the ‘economic wins’ the Governor referenced in his budget address by securing petrochemical manufacturing companies that are looking to invest billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania.”
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