Culver Votes in Favor of a Balanced, Bipartisan State Budget Plan
HARRISBURG – Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) joined the majority of her colleagues in the state House on Friday in voting for a balanced state spending plan for fiscal year 2017-18. The budget spends $31.9 billion and is a bipartisan plan that includes no broad-based tax increases, makes historic investments in education, funds core government services and consolidates state government agencies.

“The state budget vote is always one of the most important votes we take in the General Assembly, and this year is no exception,” Culver said. “Through these budgets, we try to create a brighter and better path forward for our Commonwealth and its citizens. We did this today by voting for a sustainable funding plan that promotes efficiencies, reduces the size of government, changes the way the government operates, maintains fiscal restraint and reaffirms commitment to education and public safety.”

This budget plan will merge several state agencies, including the Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole. The Department of Human Services and the Department of Health will be merged into on department to be named the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Department of Aging will continue to operate as independent state agencies.

“We continue to be committed to making real investments in our earliest learners by giving them the opportunity to develop and grow into productive citizens,” Culver said. “The investment in high-quality early learning – including pre-K, child care and home visiting – translates into a greater return for our children and our Commonwealth.”

House Bill 218 has been sent to the governor for his signature. For more information about the 2017-18 state budget plan, visit

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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