2024-25 State Budget

Budget Address

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Governor Shapiro delivered his 2024-25 budget address, presenting his plan for the fiscal year.

Proposed Budget Highlights

Education

  • $1.4B to fix Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional and inadequate education funding system
  • Over $1B for basic education funding
  • Over $38M to support teachers and address our teacher shortage pipeline
  • Basic education investment meets the first‐year recommendation on of the Basic Education Funding Commission
  • Over $480M to improve student health and wellness, fix toxic schools, and create safe learning environments
  • $50M increase in special education funding
  • $32.7M increase for Pre‐K programs
  • $161.7M for school safety and security
  • Cyber charter school funding reform


Housing & Food Insecurity

  • $95M for affordable housing
  • $50M for Democrat led Whole Home Repairs program
  • Over $42M to address food insecurity

Economy

  • $20M for our farmers, agriculture, and dairy industry
  • Over $600M in new and expanded investments to support business development and economic opportunity
  • Millions to ease the cost of childcare for working families and childcare providers
  • A plan to legalize marijuana o Es mated that this would generate $14.8M in tax revenue in FY 24‐25
  • A plan to increase the minimum wage to $15

Health Care

  • $4M in new funding for medical debt relief for low‐income Pennsylvanians
  • Over $45M for mental health
  • Over $150M to protect older Pennsylvanians

Women’s Health

  • $3M to provide feminine hygiene products at no cost to students in schools


Public Safety & Criminal Justice

  • Over $100M to end gun violence in Pennsylvania with prevention and intervention on strategies
    • Pennsylvania’s Violence Intervention on and Prevention on started in 2018 with $7.5M in funding. Senate Democrats led the fight for more funding to address the urgent need for solutions to end gun violence.
  • $5.6M to protect Pennsylvanians from hate crimes
  • $10M for Pennsylvania’s public defenders


Additional Investments

  • Over $40M to support a clean and healthy environment for current and future generations
  • $2M to establish a veteran outreach program
  • $5.7M for election on security and voter education and outreach

2024-25 Budget Hearings

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