Culver Votes in Favor of 2014-15 State Budget
6/30/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) voted in favor of the state’s $29.099 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014-15 on Monday, June 30.

After the vote, Culver explained her reasons for support through the following statement:

“I am pleased that we have passed our fourth consecutive on-time, fiscally responsible state budget that is balanced, does not raise taxes, and manages to fund all our core government services, most notably our public education system. This budget appropriates a total of $10.5 billion for K-12 education, which equates to 36 percent of the entire budget, and is the highest amount of state dollars ever spent.

“This education budget also includes a new Ready to Succeed Scholarship, which provides $5 million in new funding to support academic achievement, and ways to help fund higher education for middle-class students. As part of this investment, this budget allocates $1.046 billion to special education, which is the first increase this important program has received in six years. Early childhood education funding also increased for the Pre-K Counts and early intervention programs.

“Additionally, this budget pays $1.3 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year to fund the state’s portion of school districts’ pension obligations. This pays the bill for this year. The reality is that this amount will only continue to grow larger, and pension reform is necessary to ensure we can continue to meet our financial obligations.

“Some other notable items in this budget include increased funding for the attorney general’s office for drug and tobacco enforcement programs, and Pennsylvania State Police to fund four new state police cadet classes that will add an additional 350 troopers to our force.

“An increase of $2.5 million in new funding is also going to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Community Development Financial Institution Grants program to help job creation across the state by allowing revitalization projects to be funded by local governments.”

If signed by Gov. Tom Corbett, this budget takes effect on Tuesday, July 1. Visit www.PAHouseGOP.com for a detailed outline of the 2014-15 state budget. For additional information on the state budget, or any other state-related issue, contact Culver’s district office by calling 570-286-5885, or visit www.LyndaCulver.com.

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Krisinda Corbin
kcorbin@pahousegop.com
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