2012-13 State Budget Limits Spending, Addresses Critical Needs
HARRISBURG – By a vote of 120-81 the House approved a $27.7 billion state budget tonight. Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), who voted in favor of the spending plan, said it is less than perfect, but it is fiscally responsible and responsive to the critical needs of Pennsylvania citizens and taxpayers.
“This is a responsible, realistic and sustainable budget, based on real revenue figures,” said Gingrich. “It is important to note that this is the second straight year that we have had to craft a budget that is adjusted to correct the infusion of federal stimulus funds that had artificially and temporarily increased our revenues.
“We are effectively operating comprehensive state services and programs on revenues that match those of the 2008-09 fiscal year,” said Gingrich. “Even with our current limited revenues, we expect to have an on-time budget with no new or increased taxes. To have done otherwise would have added to the burden on Pennsylvanians who are already struggling in this sluggish economy.
“This budget restores funding for higher education and increases basic education funding through block grants,” said Gingrich. “It also provides state resources to address the needs of thousands of citizens with intellectual disabilities who are on a waiting list for services. I am confident that the decisions contained in this budget will lead to greater government efficiency, increased state revenues and the creation of thousands of new, family sustaining jobs. While this budget does not address every need that exists, I believe that it will go a long way toward meeting the needs of our citizens during these very difficult economic times.”
State Representative Mauree Gingrich
101st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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