HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall strongly condemned the Governor’s proposed cuts to the School Safety and Security Grant Program during a Senate Appropriations hearing on the Department of Education’s 2020-21 budget. The Governor’s proposal would slash the budget for school safety grants by 75%, despite the vital importance of this program.
When addressing the Secretary of Education at today’s hearing, Argall referred to the Governor’s proposed cuts as “kuhscheisse”, the Pennsylvania Dutch word for bulls***. “There have been far too many tragedies in our schools across the United States in the past few years. We worked in a bipartisan fashion to find the funding to protect our school children just two years ago,” said Argall. “To propose these dangerous cuts is legislative malpractice, and I would recommend that the staffer who proposed these cuts should be fired.”
Senator Argall has made restoring these cuts his top priority throughout this year’s budget negotiations. The Senate Appropriations Committee is currently in the process of extensively reviewing the Governor’s budget proposal by holding hearings and inviting representatives from each department to testify in the Capitol.
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