Final Budget Plan Shows Promise for Coming Fiscal Year, Says Millard

HARRISBURG - Following passage of the 2013-14 state budget today in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, state Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick) released this statement:

“The principal benefits of this year’s state budget are that it meets the core needs of Pennsylvania citizens, without the need for additional taxes.

“I serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is primarily responsible for crafting the state budget each year.  We spend weeks listening to testimony from each state agency and assess the funding needs for each one. Taking them into account, we examine revenue levels and make the same type of spending decisions that every household in Pennsylvania is forced to make: how to pay for what’s needed with what we have to spend.

“I’m pleased that we were able to, in these tough economic times, increase spending for basic education and maintain level funding for Bloomsburg University and all the schools in the State System of Higher Education.

“There are several other increases of note, such as an increased state police compliment, more money for the Attorney General’s local Drug Task Forces, increased spending on agricultural research and education programs, and another $20 million to reduce the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect budget, and there will never be a spending plan created that satisfies the hopes of all who wish for more funding.  But I believe we’ve ended up with a solid final product that will serve Pennsylvanians well in the coming fiscal year.”

Representative David Millard
109th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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