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Senate Democrats Seek Job Creation, Education, Safety Net Dollars in Budget Discussions

My Senate Democratic colleagues and I recently unveiled our 2013-14 budget priorities.  Our focus remains clear: grow jobs, invest in education, strengthen the social safety net and provide for the long-term sustainability of Pennsylvania businesses and working families.

Senate Democrats Hold Press Conference to unveil budget priorites

Senator Costa's 2013-14 Budget Priorities

Click here to read transcription of interview. Budget Priorites Press Conference

Read the press release from our press conference here.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility to seek new investments and use available resources to change the direction Pennsylvania is moving.  My colleagues and I have a vision for Pennsylvania mapped out through our budget priorities that we believe will bring our state back to its status as a leader among states.

My colleagues and I are proposing moving forward by refocusing and redoubling our efforts in a number of areas.  We believe more than 120,000 jobs can be created quickly by enacting a responsible transportation plan, expanding Medicaid and using economic development policies outlined in our PA Works Plan.  We are prepared for an honest and transparent discussion on issues including:

  • Refocusing business tax cuts and eliminating loopholes, including Corporate Net Income;
  • Protecting vital assets such as the Liquor Control Board and the Lottery;
  • Repairing and protecting our social safety net;
  • Expanding Medicaid; and
  • Veterans assistance

Read more about our proposal and revenue opportunities here.

Pennsylvania is a place bursting at the seams with opportunity and potential.  We need to regain the ground we have lost.  We are at a very critical point and need direction and leadership.  The plan my colleagues and I are proposing provides a starting point.  We look forward to working together to make this plan a reality on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.

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