Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward Calls Senate Back to Finalize the General Appropriations Budget

WESTMORELAND – Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) issued the following statement regarding the 2023-2024 state budget and finalizing the General Appropriations Budget:

“I am calling the Senate back to session at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2023, to finalize the General Appropriations Budget (HB 611). Signing HB 611 will provide the necessary funding to schools, counties, and organizations completing 75% of the budget. The remaining 25% of the budget requires legislation to authorize expenditures. Gov. Shapiro has provided us the necessary assurances to guarantee the monies for those programs will remain untouched until the legislature has finalized the language. Senate Republicans will continue to negotiate with our counterparts in good faith and in the best interests of Pennsylvanians. We hope our counterparts will do the same.”



Erica Clayton Wright

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