Budget Bill Earns Gabler’s Vote

HARRISBURG State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) joined the majority of his House colleagues Monday in voting to concur on Senate amendments to House Bill 2328, the general appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014-15.

The legislation, which contains no new taxes or tax increases, sets yet another record in funding for K-12 education at $10.5 billion, eclipsing the amount spent during 2013-14.

Gabler issued the following statement on House Bill 2328, which has been sent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature into law:

“For the fourth consecutive year, Pennsylvania has an on-time budget that spends responsibly, lives within our means and supports the core functions of government. In other words, it mirrors the spending practices Pennsylvanians employ when putting together their household budgets.

“Again this coming fiscal year, we will be funding K-12 education at a record level. This commitment of $10.5 billion in state funding to our schools eclipses last year’s record amount by over half a billion dollars.  In fact, this bill increases support for public schools in the 75thLegislative District by nearly $2 million over last year’s budget.

“Decreased support from the federal government has placed certain burdens on state budgets that have forced us to make hard decisions. In spite of that, we have produced a spending plan that does not increase our reliance on the Pennsylvania taxpayer to be in balance. It does not raise taxes or create new ones, and does not incur new debt.”

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.

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