HARRISBURG – The state House has passed House Bill 2328, the general appropriations portion of the 2014-15 state budget. The legislation contains no new taxes and would increase support for Pennsylvania’s public schools for the fourth consecutive fiscal year.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), who voted to support the bill, issued the following statement on House Bill 2328, which will now be taken up by the state Senate:
“I am proud to support a budget that lives within our means and respects the hard-working taxpayers of Pennsylvania. House Bill 2328 supports and prioritizes the core functions of government in difficult economic times.
“For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, this budget will fund K-12 education at a record level. This commitment of $10.3 billion in state funding to our schools is nearly $400 million higher than the greatest amounts available to schools under Federal Stimulus in 2010-11. Special education funding is increased by $20 million in this budget, and this budget includes additional support to assist school districts in paying their increased pension obligations. These increases show our continued commitment to future generations.
“Obligations placed on us by the federal government, in the form of both increased costs and reduced reimbursements have made the task of achieving a balanced budget difficult. In spite of that, we have put forth a responsible spending plan that does not increase taxes or rely on new debt.
“Our financial practices are starting to pay off. Pennsylvania is moving in a more business-friendly direction. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in six years and below the national average. Colorado-based WhiteWave Food Company’s decision to purchase the former International Custom Products building in Sandy Township is an example of a rebirth happening statewide. This budget bill continues that trend and will keep us moving toward prosperity and fiscal stability.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at 814-375-4688 or his St. Marys office at 814-781-6301.