2013-14 PA State Budget News

2013-14 General Fund total spending:  $28.376 billion

- General Fund spending at the proposed amount represents a $645 million or 2.3 percent increase over 2012-13 available funds.
- This is a fiscally responsible budget that does not raises taxes yet still provides for the priorities of the Commonwealth.

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View spreadsheet here.

The final budget funds priorities in the House of Representatives that deal with:
• Education
• Health and Human Services
• Environment and Agriculture
• Public Safety
• Job Creation and the Economy
• Government Transparency and Accountability

Education
- Increases Basic Education Funding by $122 million.
- Establishes a record high of $10 billion total state dollars invested in K-12 education.
>> View the school district funding spreadsheet.

- Also provides $22.5 million for distressed school districts.
- Provides a 9% funding increase for the Library Access program to help libraries across the commonwealth share over 22 million titles.
- Continues the Governor’s increase of $6.4 million for Head Start and Pre-K counts early childhood programs.
- This budget adds $5 million for Early Intervention to children ages 3 to 5 with developmental disabilities.
- Increases funding for mobile science centers.
- Provides $3 million for grants to career and technical schools to purchase new equipment so the Commonwealth can expand career and technical education opportunities.
- Adds additional money to the Safe Schools Initiative.
- This budget provides for an additional increase to the Adult and Family Literacy line item.
- All PASSHE schools receive level funding for FY 2013-14.
- Penn State is receiving an additional $2 million for the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
- The University of Pittsburgh is getting more money for Rural Education Outreach.
- Temple University is receiving level funding.
- Lincoln University is getting an additional $2 million which is an 18% increase over FY 2012-13.
- Community Colleges are receiving an additional $1 million in the Community College Capital Fund.

Health and Human Services

Increases for funding in Department of Health by $1.5 million for items like:
- Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell, Trauma Prevention, Epilepsy Support, ALS Support Services, Tourette syndrome support, Bio- technology research.

This budget also restores funding for items such as:
- Anemia research, Lupus, poison control centers, and diabetes programs.
- Adds $20 million to further reduce the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
- Gives a 20% increase for Autism Intervention and Services.
- Adds $26 million to reduce waiting lists for Services to Persons with Disabilities.
- Continues the $50 million in additional lottery funds for expanded home and community based services for seniors. Also adds $10 million for long-term senior care.
- Includes an 11% increase for Domestic Violence Centers and a 14% increase for Rape Crisis Centers.
- This budget adds $14 million for Child Cares Services to reduce the waiting lists.

Environment and Agriculture
- For FY 2013-14 County Conservation Districts will receive a total of $8.4 million through a combination of General Fund appropriation and Act 13 fees. This is a $2 million or 31% increase from FY 2012-13.
- Adds $4.6 million to Department of Agriculture programs and restores funding for:
- Agricultural Research, Hardwoods Research, Agricultural Education and promotion, Food Marketing and Research, “PA Preferred” program, and other departmental programs.
- Adds $2.25 million for Heritage Parks so they can continue to lead community conservation and revitalization efforts.
- Provides approximately 5% increase to DEP for Environmental Program Management and 2% Environmental Protection Operations.
- DEP will receive $697 million in total funding. This is a $61 million or 10% increase in program spending over FY 2012-13.

Public Safety
- Provides State police with an additional $14.7 million.
- This will help to train 290 new state troopers and 90 civilian dispatchers.
- Additional money is being allocated towards the Statewide Public Safety Radio System.
- The Office of Attorney General is receiving an additional $9 million.
- Increase for the Attorney General’s office to expand public safety programs like Local Drug Task Forces, Child Predator Interception Units, and Mobile Street Crimes Unit.
- Includes $1.5 million for the State Police Forensics Lab to expedite the review of evidence collected at crime scenes.
- Increases by $4.5 million for Violence Prevention Programs.

Job Creation and the Economy
- Contains no new taxes on Pennsylvania residents.
- Restores funding for New Choices/ New Options.
- Allocates funding for a pilot program though Pennsylvania Work Force Investment Boards to help unemployed Pennsylvania veterans find work.
- Adds funding for Marketing to Attract Tourists and Business, Pennsylvania First, Accredited Zoos, and Rural Leadership Training.
- Recommends funding for career-oriented training programs to prepare workers with the skills employers need.

Government Transparency and Accountability
- Includes a 23% increase in funding for the Office of Open Records.
- Provides the Auditor General a 6% increase for an IT Modernization project and general government operations.
- Gives a 6% increase for the State Ethics Commission.


PAHouseGOP budget resources

>> More budget details on thePAHouseGOP Appropriations site,  PABudget.com
>> PAHouseGOP Budget YouTube channel
>> Video of Completed 2013 House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings