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Kauffman Offers Statement on Governor’s 2013-14 Budget Address
2/5/2013
HARRISBURG – Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 state budget address today, state Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) issued the following statement:

“The governor’s $28.4 billion budget proposal as presented to the General Assembly today is a good starting point for upcoming budget hearings and negotiations.

“Due to the hard work and difficult decisions that went into balancing the budgets, prioritizing spending and investing in job creation over the past couple of years, we are slowing getting Pennsylvania back on track with state revenues estimated to grow by 1.5 percent.

“While listening to his budget address, I was pleased to hear that the governor is looking to invest in several key areas. Education in particular, under his proposal, would get $5.5 billion with an additional $100 million proposed for K-12 education. State universities, such as Shippensburg University, would also retain the same amount of funding as they received this year.

“If the sale of the state liquor stores takes place, a new block grant program would also help our schools increase safety measures and develop programs to help students achieve greater academic success.

“He also spoke of finally confronting pension reforms that continue to plague our school budgets by moving to a 401(K)-style system. In so doing, he said there will be NO cuts to any retiree benefits and promises made to vested employees that have already earned their benefits will be kept.

“In a move I support, the governor said with no actual federal direction and a lack of any real information as to the effect on taxpayers, there will be NO expansion of Medicaid in the Commonwealth at this time. I think this is a wise move until the federal government can provide more details as to the impact of an expansion on the states.

“However, in an effort to address the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities, the governor is proposing to expand services to those with intellectual and physical disabilities with an additional $20 million to fund the current waiting lists, as well as increase funding by $50 million to expand funding for senior programs.

“Of course, the governor’s address was just an outline of his proposal and there is still a great deal of work to be done before a final budget plan is voted on in June.”

For more details on the governor’s proposal, visit Kauffman’s website at www.RepKauffman.com.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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tlehman@pahousegop.com
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