By Trish McFarland, President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
On Tuesday, February 6th Governor Josh Shapiro proposed his second budget plan. The Governor highlighted education funding, increasing minimum wage, higher education reform, legalization of recreational use of marijuana, and economic development, amongst other items, in his $48billion proposal.
“Ohio has one-and-a-half million fewer people than Pennsylvania, yet they’ve invested over seven times more in economic development than we have. And you know what, their investment is paying off. And I’m sick and tired of losing to friggin’ Ohio! We need to catch up,” stated Governor Shapiro.
Shapiro continued, “This year, we have a real chance to build safer communities, become more competitive economically, and invest in our students and their success – and this budget lays out a comprehensive and aggressive focus on doing just that without raising taxes and maintaining a surplus of $11 billion at the end of June 2025,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Since my first day in office, I’ve been focused on getting stuff done – and this budget will continue to create opportunity for every Pennsylvanian with historic investments in economic development, education, healthier and safer communities, and much more. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to continue to get stuff done for the good people of Pennsylvania, solve the most pressing problems we face, and meet this moment responsibly and with bipartisan compromise.”
Links to Budget, Overview, Executive Budget, and Proposed Budget Line-Item Sheet. Items of note: