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Budget Proposal Includes Funding Increase for Basic Education, Says Toohil
HARRISBURG - Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his 2012-13 budget proposal today to a joint session of the General Assembly. The $27.14 billion budget represents a slight reduction in state spending from the current fiscal year and does not raise taxes.

“Even in these tough economic times, the governor’s proposed budget keeps Pennsylvania on the road to recovery. He has had to make some difficult decisions, but these are decisions that are necessary to ensure the Commonwealth continues to live within its means.

“For the second year in a row, the budget does not include higher taxes. That is welcome news to struggling families who should not be expected to foot the bill for increased state spending.

“I am pleased the proposed spending plan focuses on job creation and work force development, which are vital components to any economic recovery.

“But I am most encouraged by the increase in basic education funding. Our public schools would receive $9.9 billion under this proposal, which is a 3.4 percent increase over the current fiscal year. It would represent the largest appropriation ever of state dollars for basic education. Much of the funding would be allocated in the form of block grants, which allows administrators to spend the money where it is needed most.

“I am pleased to see that reforms to Pennsylvania’s welfare system continue under the governor’s budget proposal, which calls for a slight reduction in funding for the Department of Public Welfare. Projected cost savings total $632 million, while still ensuring those who most deserve a helping hand will get one.

“We need to keep in mind that today is just the start of the lengthy budget process and much can change before June 30, when the final spending plan is due. I intend to examine the governor’s proposal closely and push for any changes I feel are in the best interest of the people of the 116th District.”

State Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Rep. Toohil’s Office
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