Millard Will Work for More Higher Education Funding in Final Budget
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Millard (R-Millville) issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Tom Corbett’s $27.13 billion budget proposal for the 2012-13 fiscal year:

“We’re at the yearly starting line for state budget negotiations and we’re months away from a final spending plan. In philosophy, I’m on board with the governor that we need to continue getting state spending under control. Since the national economy and state revenues haven’t yet rebounded, we’ll be in a sizable deficit by the end of the fiscal year. In light of that, I commend the governor for proposing a spending plan that keeps Pennsylvania generally level-funded and that does not impose a tax increase.

“I was disappointed, though, to see a second straight year of a hard hit on higher education funding in the governor’s proposal. In what was unveiled today, Corbett is suggesting a 20 percent cut to the State System of Higher Education (SSHE). I strongly believe that Pennsylvania families should have access to an affordable education. Bloomsburg University students, and students in the SSHE across the Commonwealth, need the Legislature’s support as we move into further negotiations.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll be participating in all of the budget hearings that are set to start on Feb. 21. The governor’s proposal is an important framework that will, no doubt, shape the discussions in these hearings. But we have much work to do in the next few months to craft a final budget that is on-time, doesn’t raise taxes, and meets the important needs of a broad spectrum of Pennsylvania citizens.”

State Representative David Millard
109th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Diane Moore
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