State Budget Reins in Spending, Millard Says

Following passage of the 2011-12 state budget today in Harrisburg, state Rep. David Millard (R-Millville) released this statement:


“Most families in Pennsylvania, with this economy, have had to take hard looks at their household budgets and make decisions on what they can afford and what may have to go lower on the priority list.  That’s the same approach that the Legislature and the governor had to incorporate with this year’s difficult budget decisions.


“There’s only one ‘winner’ in the state budget this year: the taxpayer.  This budget is a responsible, on-time, pay-as-you-go approach that ends Pennsylvania’s trend of spending money it doesn’t have. The final level of spending represents a 4.1 percent spending reduction from last year’s budget. This is only the third time in 40 years that Pennsylvania will be spending less than the prior year.


“When Governor Corbett made his initial presentation in February, I have to be honest in saying I cringed at some of the initial proposals that were made, most notably in investments in higher education.  I made it a personal priority to work to get as much of that funding restored as possible, especially for the State System of Higher Education (SSHE).  Thankfully, the funding for SSHE has been restored to 82 percent of the 2010-11 levels.  I know that will cause significant belt-tightening for Bloomsburg and the other universities in the system, but it’s a big improvement over what the original proposal was.


“Additionally, services provided by counties were cushioned from catastrophic blows.  For instance, the Human Services Development Fund was originally zeroed out in the governor’s proposal.  Now it’s been restored to a funding level of nearly $15 million.


“Certainly the list of funds worthy of additional funding is long, but fundamental decisions of necessities were what had to drive this year’s budget levels.  I’m pleased that a final budget could be done with no tax increases. Pennsylvania families just can’t afford to have their paychecks hit by taxes any more than they already are.”


State Representative David Millard

109th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Diane Moore                         
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