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Pickett Points to Record-Level Education Funding for Budget ‘Yes’ Vote
6/30/2013

HARRISBURG – The new state budget funds critical functions of government while being responsible to the taxpayer, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), who voted in favor of the 2013-14 spending plan that has now been sent to the governor for his signature.

The total $28.376 billion budget increases spending by 2.3 percent over the concluding fiscal year and maintains a commitment to education, job creation, public safety, the environment, agriculture, and human services.

“This state budget prioritizes funding for the core functions of government while also being mindful of those who pay the bill,” Pickett said. “And for the third time in as many years, this budget is being adopted on time and without a tax increase. Those are the key issues I look to when considering the plan, and that’s why it earns my support this year.”

The budget keeps a commitment to education, with more than $10 billion being set aside for kindergarten through 12th-grade schools. Included is a $122 million increase for basic education, along with additional funds for community libraries, early childhood programs, mobile science centers for rural areas, and grants for career and technical schools to purchase new equipment so the Commonwealth can expand career and technical education opportunities. On the higher education front, state-owned universities will receive level funding.

Aside from education and job creation, the state budget increases funding for health and human services, the environment and agriculture, public safety, and government transparency and accountability.

Pickett also noted that the Commonwealth is benefiting financially from development within the Marcellus Shale region. Drilling activity is generating significant revenue and allowing state government to reallocate funding from some line items to others, thereby stretching every available dollar as far as possible.

In fact, county conservation districts will receive a total of $8.4 million in both general fund and impact fee revenue, and agriculture line items will benefit from an overall increase of $4.6 million.

In fact, county conservation districts will receive a total of $8.4 million in both general fund and impact fee revenue, and agriculture line items will benefit from an overall increase of $4.6 million.

Additional details about the 2013-14 budget are available online at www.RepPickett.com.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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