York County House Republicans Back Responsible Budget

2013-14 spending plan increases funding for education, essential services

HARRISBURG – With full support from the York County Republican delegation, the House has moved to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk House Bill 1437, the general appropriations portion of the 2013-14 state budget. The bill contains no new taxes and spends $28.376 billion, a modest 2.3 percent increase over last year, which is within the rate of inflation. 

“While some lawmakers have clamored for tax increases to fund their priorities, the fact of the matter is that the fiscally responsible and on-time budgets House Republicans have passed in the past two years without tax increases have resulted in an improved revenue picture which has allowed us to make this year’s spending increases,” said House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
(R-Windsor Township). “Our main goal has been, and continues to be, funding the core functions of government without asking for more from taxpayers.”

The 2013-14 budget establishes a record high of $10 billion total state dollars invested in K-12 education. It includes significant increases for all York County schools, thanks in part to a change in the funding formula which now takes into account student populations.

“I am pleased that we were able to adopt a final plan that prioritizes the investment in basic education across York County and the entire Commonwealth,” stated Rep. Seth Grove
(R-Dover). “Budgets have been cut at all levels over recent years, and this funding increase will help our local schools continue to serve our students with a quality education that will benefit them for their future.”

“Both the York County School of Technology and HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College) York campus stand to benefit from added support for Pennsylvania’s community colleges and career and technical schools,” said Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus). “As majority chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, I am pleased environmental programs and county conservation districts will see a significant increase in overall funding with augmentations from the Marcellus shale drilling fees.”

“Last year at Schugt Manufacturing in Dover, my delegation colleagues and I witnessed the success of the Keystone Works program we initiated last year, which matches skilled employees with employers looking for those skills,” stated Rep. Will Tallman (R-Hanover). “Couple that with this year’s restored funding for career-oriented training programs such as New Choices/New Options, and you’ll see us make more of a dent in our unemployment rate, which is already at its lowest figure in four years.”

“I am pleased with the additional $14.7 million that will go to the Pennsylvania State Police to help protect our residents,” said Rep. Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg). “This funding will aid in training 290 new state troopers and 90 civilian dispatchers. Another $5.1 million is going to the State Police Forensics Lab and other allocations will help the attorney general’s office for programs such as child predator interceptor units, local drug task forces and more. We have made the safety and security of our residents a top priority.”

“This budget continues the trend of the last two years by adding $26 million to further reduce waiting lists for services to persons with intellectual disabilities,” added Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam). “As a former health care professional, I am happy to see increased funding for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, particularly our regional cancer institutes, community health care centers and biotechnology research.”

York County House Republican Delegation
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Scott Little
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