Culver and Masser Support 2012-13 State Budget
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) and Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) both voted in favor of the state’s $27.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2012-13 in the state House. The bill passed the House Thursday by a vote of 120-81.
“This year’s budget is a fiscally responsible plan that includes no new tax increases, and provides for the financial well-being of the Commonwealth for the upcoming year and for many years to come,” said Culver. “I realize that when passing a budget of this magnitude, not everyone will agree on every line item. With that, I still have a few concerns that I will continue to monitor and take feedback from constituents on throughout the fiscal year.”
Pennsylvania students receive increased support in this year’s budget, including funding for Pennsylvania’s K-12 with the addition of a $100 million Accountability Block Grant. The budget includes $50 million for distressed school districts, and with a $246 million addition to higher education funding, all public higher education has been level funded for the upcoming year.
“Since the governor gave his initial budget proposal in February, I have spent many hours trying to influence an increase in the amount of money getting spent on K-12 education, including the $100 million Accountability Block Grant included in this year’s budget,” said Masser. “The children are the future of our state, and it’s really important that they all get the education that they deserve.”
Culver and Masser were also glad to see preserve funding in this year’s budget for the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund, Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase, and Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Fund, as they are all good programs that deserve continued state funding.
“This budget isn’t a cure-all, or a perfect plan, but it is a compromised approach that will deliver a responsible fiscal plan for our state, and I am very proud that we were able to pass this budget on time, for the second year in a row, with no new tax increases,” said Masser.
“While the budget reflects difficult decisions in terms of spending priorities, we can’t get Pennsylvania back on track if we spend more than we’re projecting to take in,” said Culver.
The bill has been sent to the Senate for its final approval. This budget will take effect on July 1, 2012.
For more information on the state budget, or any other state-related issue, contact Culver’s Sunbury office at (570) 286-5885 or at www.LyndaCulver.com
, or Masser’s office in Elysburg at (570) 648-8017, or at www.RepMasser.com
State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
State Representative Kurt Masser
107th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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