York County House Republicans Comment on Corbett Budget Address
HARRISBURG – York County House Republican delegation members Keith Gillespie
(R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover) issued the following statement in response to today’s 2012-13 budget address by Gov Tom Corbett:

“It is necessary to keep in mind that every governor’s budget address is a starting point. Today’s announcement simply begins the process from which a spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year will be formed. That being said, his proposal included some definite positive points which we are hopeful will be part of the final product.

“Basic education is a cornerstone of the American dream, and we agree with his increase in K-12 spending, which amounts to the largest-such appropriation for this line item in state history. The individual districts know best where to allocate the available dollars, and the block grant approach allows for flexibility and choice.

“The benefits of an education from institutions such as York Technical School are many, and we support his emphasis on career and technical education, another element of the foundation for a trained work force. To that end, we are anxious to hear the details of his Jobs First PA proposal, which was framed as an attempt to better link job applicants with prospective employers.

Pennsylvania competes in a global marketplace, not simply with other states, for employers. Any program that can give the Commonwealth an edge in attracting jobs will certainly benefit the overall economy of the state. Re-employing Pennsylvanians must be our focus.

“As we look to reduce the number of unemployed, the governor also mentioned the need to pass unemployment compensation reform legislation. While this is not a budget line item, the cost of insuring workers affects the ability of employers to do business and must be passed immediately (Rep. Miller has legislation as chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee).

“We also agree with his approach to welfare and allowing for flexibility with regard to our counties. The use of block grants empowers counties as opposed to placing more mandates on them.

“The budget as a whole continues the theme of living within our means, as opposed to relying on the taxpayer to fill in the gaps. We look forward to working with Governor Corbett in crafting a budget that best uses existing resources for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.”

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York County House Republican Delegation
Contact: Scott Little