HARRISBURG – Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39), Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13) emphasized their ongoing commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for all children in Pennsylvania are realized in the 2023-2024 state budget:
“Since the governor’s budget address in March, the Senate Republican Caucus has been focused on carefully and thoughtfully developing a sustainable budget that respects taxpayers and addresses the needs of the people of Pennsylvania. We have been encouraged by our negotiations with Governor Shapiro and remain focused on getting a final product across the finish line.
“Successful governing requires cooperation and compromise. Tonight, the Senate has sent the House legislation to implement the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) Initiative, a bipartisan program to give children in Pennsylvania access to the best learning environment possible. Once House Bill 479 reaches the governor’s desk, we will continue our work to send the General Appropriations bill and all other budget related bills to the House.”