York County House Republicans Vote to Deliver Responsible, Realistic Budget to the Senate
5/24/2011

Spending plan restores funding for education 

York County House Republication delegation members Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover) on Tuesday voted in favor of House Bill 1485, the House Republican response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal. They offered the following statement in reaction to the bill, which will now be taken up by the state Senate. 

“Constituents voiced two major objections to Governor Corbett’s March budget address – spending for education and spending for welfare. When returning to our districts, we were confronted with questions about deep cuts to funding for our public schools amid concerns that fraud, waste and abuse recognized in the welfare system by Auditor General Jack Wagner were seemingly being ignored. Today, we voted to send to our Senate colleagues a budget bill that reacts to those questions, prioritizes education, and spends responsibly and realistically.     

“We as a delegation championed General Wagner’s findings and anticipated them being addressed with a change of administration. When they were not, and education was cut more than expected, we worked to craft a budget bill which rectified that out-of-balance thinking, factored in the error rate in welfare that even the Rendell administration recognized and restored funding for our schools.  

“Basic education funding under House Bill 1485 exceeds the Corbett spending plan and mirrors pre-stimulus levels, amounts that responsible school districts would be preparing to budget off of had they heeded the warning not to use those federal dollars to fund unsustainable programs. We further prioritized education by adhering to the advice of our educators and removing the $25 million line item for Keystone Exams, the unnecessary testing procedure forced on our schools by the previous administration despite fierce opposition. 

“We also listened to our voters who asked that state government live within its means when we failed to jump at what some are labeling a surplus. To assume the current higher than expected revenue collections is akin to planning a vacation based on winning the lottery, a financial practice that contributed to the economic crisis from which we are currently trying to recover. 

“Any surplus we may realize in the coming months should be earmarked for one or more of the following – the possible repayment of an $800 million judgment to reimburse the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCare) fund, should the court rule against the state; addressing $8 billion in outstanding debt; increasing pension obligations; or the reimbursement of the federal unemployment compensation debt we will soon need to repay.”

York County House Republican Delegation
Contact:  Scott Little
slittle@pahousegop.com

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