HARRISBURG – Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) issued the following statement in response to the House on Tuesday approving a $25.989 billion temporary Fiscal Year 2020-21 state budget:
“These are troubling times with many unknowns. A five-month budget gives us time to better understand how much of our economy returns and exactly what types of federal monies reach Pennsylvania.
“Public education will be level funded for the year as part of the federal requirements in order to receive $4 billion in CARES Act funding. I look forward to our schools reopening this fall and recognize they need to approve annual operating budgets by June 30.
“This is a necessary and prudent plan. If the governor does not fully reopen the Commonwealth soon, tough decisions will likely need to be made later this year. This temporary budget will buy us some time to make more informed decisions on how best to spend our taxpayers hard earned money.”
For more information on the 2020-21 state budget, go to www.pahousegop.com
The 57th Legislative District includes the following Westmoreland County communities: the city of Greensburg; the townships of Hempfield (part) and Salem; and the boroughs of Delmont, Hunker, New Stanton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg and Youngwood.
Representative Eric Nelson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives