Thursday, October 24, 2019
The State Senate is debating S2378 a bill that appropriates funds for government activities and projects to close the books on Fiscal Year 2019.
Included in the bill are long-held priorities such as $140 million in state funding for public schools from kindergarten to higher education. This includes funds for Regional School Transportation - to 80% and the Special Education Circuit Breaker - to 85%. We also include funds for school mental and behavioral health supports.
This bill impacts many policy areas important to you and the Commonwealth. I offered several amendments including those which provide family tax credits, fund municipal disability-related access improvements, audits Columbia Gas, promotes energy efficiency improvements for the fishing and farming industries, offers consumer rebates and other economic incentives to reduce carbon emissions, and more.