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900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
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Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
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Hon. Brad Roae
162B East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

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  broae@pahousegop.com

Roae Calls Governor’s Budget Proposal a Solid Starting Point
2/5/2013
HARRISBURG – After Gov. Tom Corbett today delivered his annual budget address before a joint session of the state House and Senate, state Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) called it a “solid starting point” while noting the Legislature will fully review the details in the weeks and months ahead.

“I am committed to fiscal responsibility, eliminating unnecessary spending and cutting government waste,” Roae said. “From that perspective, some of the governor’s proposals are very appealing.”

The proposal calls for a little more than $28.4 billion in total spending, which represents a 2.4 percent increase above the current state budget.

Approximately $11.7 billion from the budget would pay for education programs and services. An additional $6.5 billion would help pay for medical programs for Pennsylvanians and approximately $4.5 billion would pay for human services programs to help provide services to residents with mental health and mental retardation issues, provide low-cost daycare for children and support other child welfare initiatives.

Together, these three areas total approximately $22.3 billion. When the $1.9 billion proposed to operate state prisons and the nearly $1.2 billion necessary to pay the state’s debt obligations are factored in, these five categories represent approximately 90 percent of the total state budget.

“A significant portion of the state budget is consumed by a relatively limited range of programs and services,” Roae said.

All other state offices and departments – such as the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Auditor General, the Legislature and the courts – comprise the remaining 10 percent of the state budget proposal.

“This budget proposal would increase investments in certain areas while maintaining a spending level that is in line with where the Commonwealth was several years ago before the recession forced significant belt tightening,” Roae said. “Most of the spending increases would go toward education, medical care programs, pension plan payments and services for those with disabilities and special needs.”

The Legislature will conduct in-depth hearings in the weeks ahead to review the governor’s budget proposal and make improvements where possible.

Representative Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
717.772.9845
dmassing@pahousegop.com
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