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Kauffman Says On-Time, Fiscally Responsible Budget a Refreshing Change

State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today offered the following statement proceeding House passage of the 2011-12 state budget, which spends $27.15 billion: 

“Challenges abounded this budget year; however, through careful and often painful decisions we were able to rein in spending to $27.15 billion, a 4 percent reduction than the previous fiscal year. Fiscal restraint was needed in order to address a $4 billion structural deficit, while still addressing the core functions of government.  

“This budget was created with the taxpayer in mind, with no tax increases or state borrowing.  

“Although we were able to significantly reduce spending overall, 34 percent of the entire state budget, or $9.59 billion, is dedicated to education. In fact, basic education will receive more state dollars than ever before in Pennsylvania’s history, we were even able to restore $100 million in Accountability Block Grants for the state’s 500 school districts to use as they see fit. In addition, we were able to provide the State System of Higher Education schools, which include Shippensburg University, with 82 percent of current funding, as opposed to a 53 percent cut in funding as originally proposed by the governor. 

“House Republicans were able to identify various areas of waste, fraud and abuse within the Department of Public Welfare to trim $404 Million from Governor Corbett's original budget proposal. We will continue to work with the Corbett Administration to eliminate additional misuse of tax dollars. With a $10.5 Billion appropriation from the General Fund, DPW will still have sufficient funds to serve the intellectually disabled, the elderly and those who are truly in need. 

“For years under the Rendell administration, taxpayers were asking the governor and state Legislature to buckle down and craft a state budget that has Pennsylvania living within its means. Now that we have new leadership in the executive office, this budget reflects that message being heard loud and clear.” 

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Tricia Lehman

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