Culver and Masser Encouraged by Education Funding Increase in Governor’s Proposed Budget
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett presented his proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2014-15 before a joint session of the General Assembly today in Harrisburg. Corbett’s budget plan would spend $29.4 billion, a 3.3 percent increase over this year’s budget, with no new tax increases.

Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) and Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) are both impressed with the governor’s effort to invest in our students. Corbett’s budget proposal would increase funding by $363 million to prekindergarten through 12th-grade education, which would bring total funding to $10.3 billion, the most state funding ever spent.

Culver was also glad to see some investment in higher education. “Oftentimes middle-class families who are trying to make sure their kids are able to get to college don’t qualify for tuition assistance programs,” said Culver. “This proposal includes $25 million in scholarships to distribute throughout the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.”

“Overall, I think the budget proposal the governor presented today is a good starting point,” said Masser. “I do have a few areas where I plan to work on in the coming weeks. One, I think funding needs to be allocated for those who are struggling with addiction, and two, funding for our state’s No. 1 industry – agriculture – needs to be beefed up a bit.”

Job creation was another central theme to the governor’s address that both Culver and Masser were happy to hear. Unemployment in our state is now at 6.9 percent, which is a five-year low. Both would like to continue to get Pennsylvanians back to work and will support measures aimed at doing so.

Culver’s and Masser’s video comments are both available on For more information on the budget proposal or any state-related issue, contact Culver’s Sunbury district office at 570-286-5885 or, or Masser’s district office in Elysburg at 570-648-8017, or at

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives /
Representative Kurt Masser
107th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives /
Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin

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