Grove Calls Proposed Budget “Good Starting Point”
2/4/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, commented on Gov. Tom Corbett’s $29.4 billion 2014-15 budget proposal, which was unveiled today before a joint session of the General Assembly:

“I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the House and Senate in passing a budget which reflects fiscal restraint, prioritizing spending, and ensures fair and equitable funding.

“I was pleased to see direct funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC). CAC’s provide a critical tool for victims of child abuse as well as law enforcement.

“I am anxious to learn more about the Governor’s proposed “Ready to Learn” block grant, but I think this new education revenue should be used to implement the Local Effort Equalization Fund (LEEF) and increase the Basic Education Funding (BEF) line item. I applaud the governor for asking for a $20 million increase in special education funding, which has not been increase in six years and will help us implement the special education funding changes. I also noticed the PlanCon reimbursements are flat funded. We need to reform this system to ensure the state meets its requirements to school districts.

“I am very worried about the Department of Welfare’s 3.9 percent increase, or $428 million increase, as it is predicated on 150,000 additional Pennsylvanians entering our welfare system. Increases for welfare programs are becoming unsustainable and needs to be addressed. I am glad the governor is proposing an opt in for all counties to enter the County Block Grant program to provide greater flexibility to allow our local County Commissioners to manage their budgets.

“I am excited to see increases for senior citizen programs, specifically to focus on home and community-based services. This will help reduce welfare costs as it will allow seniors to age with dignity in their homes, not be forced into higher cost nursing homes paid for by welfare funds.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to learning more about the Governor's proposed budget during our hearings over the next three weeks and ensuring we develop a fiscally responsible budget.”

For more information on Grove’s legislative goals visit www.repgrove.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
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