Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
7/1/2013

General Assembly Adopts Responsible Budget, Peifer Says

Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) said the $28.376 billion state budget adopted by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett addresses the state’s ongoing fiscal challenges while prioritizing funding for education, public safety, health and the environment.

“In yet another challenging budget year, we were able to increase funding for our schools and other core government services without any new or increased taxes,” said Peifer, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is charged with crafting the state budget. “I am confident this budget is another important step forward in our effort to return to responsible spending.”

Budget Makes Highest State Investment Ever in Public Education

State funding for K-12 education reaches a record high $10 billion in this budget, with an increase of $122 million alone for basic education. Every school district in the 139th Legislative District receives an increase in funding in the coming fiscal year. Additionally, the Accountability Block Grant program, which provides flexible funding for schools, continues with $100 million in funding.

Additional investments in education include $6.4 million for Head Start and Pre-K Counts early childhood education programs, $5 million for early intervention programs for children with developmental disabilities and $3 million for grants to career and technical schools to purchase new equipment to expand career and technical education opportunities.

For higher education, the state system schools and community colleges are receiving the same amount of funding as in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Communities Also Benefit

The budget boosts public safety by providing $14.7 million for the Pennsylvania State Police to train 290 new state troopers and $9 million more to the Office of Attorney General to support local drug task forces, child predator interception units and mobile street crimes units. The budget further supports communities by providing $20 million to reduce the waiting list for services for people with intellectual disabilities, $15 million for autism support services, $8.4 million for county conservation districts and $26.15 million for state parks, which includes money from both the general fund and the Oil and Gas Lease Fund.

For more information about the state budget, visit www.RepPeifer.com.
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