Adams, York County House Republicans Approve Responsible, Responsive Budget
HARRISBURG – With support from the Adams/York County House Republican delegation, the House has approved Senate Bill 1466, the general appropriations portion of the state budget, which now moves to the state Senate for concurrence. The bill contains no new taxes and spends $27.7 billion, an increase of $370 million over last year, which is within the rate of inflation.
Members of the delegation Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller
(R-Jacobus), Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover) issued the following statement upon passage of the bill:
“The people of Adams and York counties have the expectation that those of us in the General Assembly will budget as they do at home. They expect Harrisburg to live within ‘its’ means, spend responsibly, and use only the available revenue without raising taxes. They expect and deserve to have the core functions of state government supported. While not perfect, and no budget or piece of legislation ever is, this spending plan meets those criterion.
“Basic education is one of those core functions, and support for our public schools exceeds 2011-12 levels. Accountability block grants which give our schools flexibility to address individual needs are part of the budget. Additionally, higher education is level funded for the coming year.
“The $27.7 billion figure spends less than in the 2008-09 fiscal year, the last time period before federal stimulus dollars were made available. Spending at this reduced level marks the continuation of a trend toward more responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars and more efficient, effective state government.
“What people need to keep in mind is the Pennsylvania budget is more than the general appropriations bill; it is actually a package of legislative measures. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s consideration of the fiscal code, in which we were able to secure lapsed funding for county Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs based on need. This legislation will also provide for a study to determine how human services funds are distributed. One of our biggest priorities is ensuring our citizens have access to the services they need.”
York County House Republican Delegation
Contact: Scott Little