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Governor’s Budget Highlights Pennsylvania’s Key Priorities, Says Mentzer
HARRISBURG – Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address today to a joint session of the General Assembly, Rep. Steven Mentzer (R-Lancaster) said he was pleased to see the proposal address some of the major issues that need prompt attention in Pennsylvania.

“Along with his spending priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, I was happy to see the governor urge action on the major crises we face--our underfunded public pension system, decaying transportation infrastructure and state-run liquor store monopoly, because if not addressed, these obligations will eventually crowd out funding for other key areas of the budget, like education,” said Mentzer.

Estimating a growth in General Fund revenues, Corbett’s proposed spending a total of $28.4 billion, which equates to a 2.4 percent increase in spending over the 2012-13 fiscal year. Specifically, his proposal includes an increase in basic K-12 education funding, level funding for state and state-related colleges and universities, and funding to expand services for people with intellectual disabilities.

“Education and human services represent a large portion of our state spending, and because lawmakers were able to spend within our means over the past two years, Pennsylvania is now in a better place financially to invest in a bright future for our children and most vulnerable citizens,” Mentzer added.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee will hold public hearings beginning in late February to more closely examine the governor’s budget proposal and gather feedback from citizens and key stakeholders. The deadline for approval of the budget is June 30.

“With major proposals like pension reform, transportation funding and liquor privatization woven into this year’s budget, we will need to take a closer look at each and every detail of the budget to determine an approach to these issues that best serves the people of Pennsylvania – both now and in the future,” said Mentzer.

Representative Steven Mentzer
97th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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