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Kauffman Supports Passage of 2012-13 State Budget

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today supported House passage of the 2012-13 state budget, which spends $27.7 billion, or 1.45 percent more than the current fiscal year.

“This budget succeeds in aligning state spending with reliable and recurring revenues, which put us in a great position for future economic growth,” said Kauffman. “One of the top agenda items House Republicans have focused on this year is job creation. We have advanced several pro-job measures that give the business community the tools it needs to generate more jobs. In addition to that, we anticipate approval of a manufacturing tax credit that will help to attract additional businesses to the Commonwealth. In passing this legislation, it will enable even greater job creation across the state.”

Kauffman noted that in addition to job development, education funding is a priority for our area. Within the 2012-13 state budget, state-owned universities, such as Shippensburg University, will receive the same amount of funding as the current fiscal year.

“Although the governor proposed significant reductions in higher education funding, I am pleased to announce that we were able to restore those cuts and deliver level funding to the state’s university system and state-related schools,” said Kauffman. “As I toured Shippensburg University this spring, I saw firsthand the many efficiencies they are putting into practice in an effort to cut costs and be more responsible stewards of the state’s and students’ dollars. This level funding honors their commitment to greater accountability as they provide a quality and affordable education to our young people.”

Funding for K-12 education was also level funded with school districts receiving additional money through the continuation of the Accountability Block Grant program. Funding amounts for schools in the 89th Legislative District are as follows:

•        Shippensburg Area School District - $11,862,553, an increase of $554,279.
•        Chambersburg Area School District - $26,801,184, an increase of $1,367,969.

*These totals include basic education, Accountability Block Grants, transportation, and school employee Social Security and retirement appropriations.

Under the 2012-13 state budget, the area of human service funding also benefitted. Originally slated to receive a 20 percent cut under the governor's proposal, House Republicans were able to cut that reduction by half.

“Not only were we able to direct additional money to human service programs over the governor’s proposal, we were also able to dedicate $17.8 million to decrease the waiting list for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Kauffman. “Overall, there is a $65 million increase in the Intellectual Disabilities-Community Waiver Program. By decreasing the number of people on the waiting list and maintaining proper state-funded services for those with intellectual disabilities, we reduce the number of individuals who may otherwise need to use county-based services.”

For more information on the budget, visit his website at

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

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman

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