HARRISBURG – The House today passed a $33.997 billion spending plan as the General Appropriations portion of the state budget, which does not include increased taxes or new fees. The legislation will now be taken up by the state Senate.
Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the ability to support some areas that we have not been able to in the past few years are possible only because legislators ensured in recent years they didn’t overspend.
She released the following statement:
“Our fiscal health can be attributed to controlled spending in recent years. Now, in this good economy, we can put more than $250 million in the Rainy Day Fund for when the economy might not be as strong as it is now.
“The budget increases basic education funding by $160 million. Mechanicsburg Area School District would see a 4.9% increase and West Shore School District a 3.3% increase to their major subsidies.
“The budget increases contributions to public libraries as well as domestic violence and rape crisis programs. These services are all vitally important to our communities.
“Safety of our communities were a priority with the support of three new Pennsylvania State Police trooper classes. Human services were well provided for, including a $26 million increase for mental health services, dollars for 865 more people served on the emergency waiting list and a pay increase for home care workers. These are all needed public services for Pennsylvania.
“A big investment is being made in our leading industry of agriculture. That includes $4 million for agricultural disaster preparedness and response, including efforts to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. The agriculture industry is being supported by a 12.8% increase in overall funding.
“This is a good budget for the people in the 88th District and for Pennsylvania. I encourage the Senate to pass this bill and send it to the governor for his signature.”
Rep. Delozier’s comments on the House floor are here: youtube.com/watch?v=y4sbdvDBf4E&feature=youtu.be
The 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County includes Lower Allen and Upper Allen townships and the boroughs of Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown and Wormleysburg.
Representative Sheryl Delozier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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