Millard Named to Key Education Role in State Legislature
1/16/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. David R. Millard (R-Millville) has been picked for an important role in determining Pennsylvania’s approach to education spending in this legislative session.

Specifically, Millard has been named sub-committee chairman for education on the House Appropriations committee. The House Appropriations Committee is primarily tasked with shaping and presenting an annual balanced budget proposal that allocates funds to public schools and state universities, such as Bloomsburg University, and most other state agencies and departments for state government operations on an annual basis. The committee is also charged with reviewing the fiscal impact any legislative proposal may have on Commonwealth funds. Millard has been appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee each year since 2007.

“Though it’s an honor to be entrusted with this type of role, the gravity of the work and associated spending issues is great,” Millard said. “We’re all just going to have to roll up our sleeves and dive in.”

The legislator said he expected two main topics to dominate the work of the sub-committee this year: establishing a fair and cost-effective spending approach for educational funding (both on the K-12 level and for higher education), and playing a part in dealing with the ever-looking public pension crisis.

“We’ve already been receiving a lot of communications from school boards and superintendents from every corner of the state,” Millard said. “They’re sharing their needs and projections and we must assess the ability of the Legislature to work with those needs.”

Millard believes the Commonwealth’s greatest priority with higher education is to fund at a level to maintain quality while keeping it affordable enough for “blue collar” families to work toward the dream of a college education for their children.

On the pension issue, Millard noted that there is no “silver bullet” solution. “We’re going to work with the House Pension Task Force and other committees with the mindset of preserving current benefits and adjusting future benefits,” Millard said.

Appropriations Committee Chairman William Adolph (R-Delaware County) offered comment on Millard’s appointment: “We are fortunate to have Rep. Millard as the Appropriations Committee Sub-Chairman for Education. He has always supported a world-class education system here in Pennsylvania and has also made sure we are using educational dollars in the most responsible way.”

In addition to Appropriations, Millard will also sever on three other House committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Gaming Control.

“With agriculture as Pennsylvania’s number one industry and tourism as Pennsylvania’s second largest industry, these assignments put me in a vocal role to impact the two largest economic engines in the Commonwealth,” Millard noted. “These have an enormous impact on our economy and job market.”

Millard was just sworn in for his fifth full term as a legislator. He has two district offices that serve local constituents. The Bloomsburg office is located in the Market Street Plaza at 1000 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815 (phone 570-387-0246). The Berwick office is located at 904B Orange St., Berwick, PA 18603 (phone 570-759-8734). More information is available online at www.RepMillard.com or www.Facebook.com/RepMillard.

Representative David Millard
109th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Diane Moore
717.772.9844
dmoore@pahousegop.com
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