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Mentzer Comments on Passage of 2013-14 State Budget

First-year legislator applauds fiscal constraint

HARRISBURG – Casting his first state budget vote as a first-year legislator, Rep. Steven Mentzer (R-Lancaster) today expressed his support for a fiscally responsibly plan he says funds Pennsylvania’s priorities without asking for more from taxpayers.

The final 2013-14 budget sets a total spending amount at $28.4 billion spending plan, about a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

“I was both excited and apprehensive throughout the budget process in Harrisburg,” Mentzer said. “I’ll tell you—it isn’t easy to crunch those numbers, but I was glad to see an on-time budget that funds the core functions of government appropriately without any tax increases.”

Specifically, the final budget offers a $122 million increase for basic education.  It supports the safety of Pennsylvania citizens by providing funding for the hiring of nearly 300 new state troopers, and restores funding for programs for people with diseases like diabetes, ALS, lupus and epilepsy.

“This budget increases investments in certain areas while maintaining a spending level that is within our means,” Mentzer said.  “Most of the spending increases would go toward education, medical care programs, programs for seniors, pension plan payments and services for those with disabilities and special needs.”

In addition, $20 million was provided to reduce the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities, $50 million was dedicated to expand home and community-based services for seniors and $10 million was set aside for long-term senior care.

“While I was disappointed that we did not see progress on other major issues facing our state, I was glad to be able to cast a vote for a sound economic roadmap that continues to hold state government accountable to taxpayers,” said Mentzer.

Representative Steven Mentzer
97th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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