Wolf to unveil 2019-20 budget proposal

Tony Romeo
February 05, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at his 2019 inauguration, Jan. 15, 2019, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf will make the first budget address of his second term to Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday. 

Wolf will again propose more money for education when he lays out his budget plan for the next fiscal year. 

Wolf has already rolled out some of the key planks of his budget platform: an increase in the minimum wage and a tax on natural gas drillers — two policy changes he unsuccessfully sought in his first term. 

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He wants to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour this July and to $15 an hour by 2025.

In the case of the shale tax, the governor in this go-round is seeking to raise millions in order to borrow $4.5 billion for system improvements such as flood control and revitalization of blighted areas.

But as he outlined his shale tax proposal on Friday, Wolf promised that education would be a featured in his budget proposal, as well.

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"I haven’t changed my concern and focus on education, and I think you’ll see that in the budget on Tuesday," he said. "If we do some of these things right, our education system is going to be helped, along with a whole lot other things — human services."

As for the shale tax and minimum wage, those proposals have again been met with an unenthusiastic response from House Republican leaders.