HARRISBURG – Rep. Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon/Mifflin/Centre) today issued the following statement after the state House passed a $30.18 billion state budget that doesn’t raise taxes, yet increases funding for education and other important areas:
“Following the governor’s budget plan revealed back in March that would increase spending by 16 percent and raise taxes on every Pennsylvania citizen, I was proud to vote in favor of a budget today that keeps the growth of state government to a minimum, doesn’t raise any taxes on Pennsylvania’s hard-working residents and yet still manages to make significant increases in funding for education.
“The budget passed today will increase basic education by $100 million, early education by $30 million and special education by $20 million. It also provides $2.1 million for the Mobile Science and Math Education programs, which is a $250,000 increase over the current fiscal year. This appropriation, which funds the popular Science in Motion program, was due to be completely eliminated under the governor’s budget plan.
“This is a good budget that spends within our means and adequately funds our core government responsibilities. Many areas will continue to receive funding equal to years past, while others, like education, human services, Veteran Homes and law enforcement, will all see increases.
“What we put on the table for the governor to consider is a spending proposal that is sustainable and that doesn’t tax the people of Pennsylvania at unprecedented levels, like Governor Wolf is proposing.
“It is disappointing that the governor is already making claims that he will veto the budget. It is my fervent hope that he will carefully review our plan and see the merits of spending what we have, and not what we don’t have and can’t afford.”
Representative Rich Irvin
81st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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