Culver Believes Republican Budget Reflects Area Priorities

Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) today announced her support for a House Republican budget plan that reflects the reality of Pennsylvania’s fiscal outlook as well as responds to the needs of local residents. 

The budget plan unveiled by House Republicans today keeps the overall level of spending at $27.3 billion but refocuses areas of investment of state dollars.  

“State residents have said consistently and repeatedly that state spending must reined in, and that taxpayers cannot afford to send any more of their money to Harrisburg,” Culver said. “I agree with residents, and I also agree that that a spending plan must properly address the state’s needs without incurring additional taxes or fees.” 

House Republicans have long contended that spending in the Department of Public Welfare is unsustainable and that there is fraud and misuse as well as ineffective programs within the system. As a result, the budget proposal offered this week reduces spending for DPW and reinvests a significant portion of that reduction in public education. 

Culver said that funding will be shifted to basic and higher education. No school will receive less basic education funding than it received in 2008-09, the year before federal stimulus funds were added to supplement school districts’ budgets. In addition, House Republicans are planning to restore $100 million for Accountability Block Grants for school districts to spend as they see fit, including pre-kindergarten or all-day kindergarten programs. In addition, state funding for school districts is proposed to be higher 

“Our plan is responsible and reflective of our current state’s finances,” Culver said. “Although April was a good month in terms of revenue collection, it does not signal a trend on which we can and should balance a budget. We must be ever mindful that we may have a number of large obligations – including the Unemployment Compensation loan and repaying the MCare fund -- in the coming year.” 

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Jennifer Keaton

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