State Budget Properly Aligned with Revenues, Millard Says

HARRISBURG - Following passage of the 2012-13 state budget today in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, state Rep. David Millard (R-Millville) released this statement:

“The approach with this budget is the same one that fiscally responsible families employ all over Pennsylvania: you can’t spend what you don’t have.  And I’m thankful that the final budget, once again, doesn’t force higher taxes on the Commonwealth’s families and job creators.

“There will never be a perfect budget.  But I believe the budget fashioned this year does a solid job of keeping spending in line, while funding the priorities, and even adding funding to some items that the governor intended to take a harder financial hit on.

“The direction of revenues over the last few months has been more encouraging than it’s been for quite some time.  This budget takes that initial positive trend into account, without overstepping what could still be a more prolonged economic recovery.

“I made it a personal priority to work to get as much of the funding restored as possible for the State System of Higher Education (SSHE) and for human services.

“Thankfully, the funding for SSHE ended up being level funded with last year’s amounts.  This is a significant improvement over the original proposal, and should help Bloomsburg and the other state universities to keep costs approachable for students.

“The recent upturn in revenues gave us some wiggle room to do some negotiating that hadn’t been possible earlier this year.  Specifically, that helped us to be able to reduce the cut to human services to only 10 percent rather than the governor’s proposed cut of 20 percent.  Though it’s disappointing that this line could not be fully restored, our work paid off to make it significantly less severe than what had been anticipated.

“I’m hopeful this budget will be an important factor in the trend of, what we all hope to be, a steadily recovering state economy.”

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

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