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Day Lauds Credible, Sustainable Budget
6/12/2013
HARRISBURG – Citing the House version of the 2013-14 state budget as a credible and sustainable spending plan that responds to our current economic climate while maintaining a commitment to critical core functions, Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) added his support today to House Bill 1437.

“Today’s action is a major step forward in the ongoing state budget process, and while there is still work to be done before the June 30 deadline, this plan sets in place the priorities for my colleagues and me,” said Day, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “During our in-depth review of the governor’s proposal and the extensive series of budget hearings this week, we laid out our priorities and matched them with available revenue. That product is House Bill 1437, a no-tax increase, balanced spending plan that meets the needs of our citizens while being mindful of taxpayers.

“A credible budget is one that is passed on time and a sustainable proposal only spends the amount of money we have available,” Day continued. “This budget meets both of those goals, and that is why I’m supporting it.”

House Bill 1437 sets a total spending amount at $28.3 billion spending plan, about 2.1 percent increase, over the current fiscal year. One of the highlights of the House version is its dedication to public education. More than $10 billion in state funding will be directed to kindergarten through 12th grade schools, along with additional financial support for early childhood education, mobile science centers, and career and technical schools. Financial support for state-owned and state-related universities, such as Kutztown University and Penn State, will remain the same as the current year. That funding level is in exchange for the systems to hold down tuition increases.

“As a member of the Health Committee, I’m pleased to see that the House version includes more funding for programs such as diabetes, epilepsy, ALS and lupus, as well as for those on the waiting list for intellectual disability services,” Day said.

On the public safety front, rape crisis and domestic violence centers are slated to receive additional funding, and money is set aside to train and hire 300 additional state troopers. The proposal also seeks to increase funding for the environment and agriculture, the latter being one of the top industries in the 187th District in Lehigh and Berks counties.

“The budget isn’t yet complete, and our counterparts in the state Senate and the governor still need to weigh in and add their thoughts,” Day said. “However, today’s vote sets the tone for the next three weeks and our overall goal of adopting a credible and sustainable budget for the people of Pennsylvania.”

House Bill 1437 now heads to the state Senate as part of the ongoing negotiations for the 2013-14 state budget.

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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