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Corbett’s Budget Plan Keeps Pennsylvania on Road to Recovery, Says Helm
2/5/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal. Corbett unveiled his $28.44 billion spending plan today before a joint session of the General Assembly.

“Upon initial review, I like much of what I see in the governor’s proposal. It represents a 2.4 percent increase in spending over the current fiscal year, which is encouraging. The difficult decisions that we had to make in the two previous budgets have resulted in additional revenues being available next year.

“Spending on public education is up $338 million and totals nearly $5.5 billion, which is the highest state allocation in Pennsylvania history for our school districts. Young people are one of our most valuable assets and this budget proposal ensures their continued academic growth and success. In addition, I am pleased that higher education will be funded at the same levels as the current fiscal year and any tuition increases will be limited as a result.

“Addressing the Commonwealth’s looming pension crisis is one of our legislative priorities and the governor’s proposals for reform are a good starting point. We need to take a reasonable approach to the problem that limits the burden on taxpayers without jeopardizing the pensions of state retirees and current employees. I look forward to working on this critical issue.

“Finally, I am extremely pleased the governor is providing $4 million in increased funding to bring community health centers to rural and underserved areas of the state. That’s good news for northern Dauphin County, where I have been working with officials and concerned residents who want to establish a medical facility there.

“Today’s address was just the beginning of a budget process that will take several months to complete and include much debate. I intend to be involved in the discussion as we put together a spending plan that is best for the people of Pennsylvania and the 104th District.”

For more information on the governor’s budget proposal, visit www.SueHelm.net .

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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