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Roae, House Approve State Budget
6/12/2013

HARRISBURG – Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today voted for a $28.3 billion budget bill approved by the state House that would spend more than 41 cents out of every state dollar on education.

“From the youngest child in kindergarten to the men and women graduating from state universities, this budget would invest in education,” Roae said.  “In fact, it would pour more state dollars into kindergarten through 12th-grade education than any state budget in the past.”

Funding for education – including schools providing a kindergarten through 12th grade education, community colleges, state-owned universities, student loan funding and other various budget items – would receive more than $11.6 billion under the House budget proposal.

Basic education funding – which supports kindergarten through 12th grade schools – would receive a $100 million increase.

“If you hear about funding cuts for education, those are not state funding cuts,” Roae said.  “The federal government left a huge hole in school districts’ budgets when it turned off the stimulus funding spigot.  It’s disingenuous to blame those cuts on the governor or the state Legislature.  If anything, those are the result of decisions by the administration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.”

Funding for the state-owned universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) – which includes Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University and Clarion University – would remain the same as the current year’s budget.

The governor and PASSHE representatives earlier this year announced an agreement in which the state would provide level funding support in exchange for an assurance that the state-owned universities would not raise tuition above the rate of inflation.  The House bill would uphold that agreement by providing the same $412 million PASSHE received in the current budget.

“The universities agreed to accept level and stable funding in exchange for avoiding huge tuition hikes,” Roae said.  “The House budget would uphold our end of that deal.  We’ll be watching to make sure state-owned universities aren’t dishonoring that agreement by fleecing students and their families.”

The House’s approval of the budget legislation – House Bill 1437 – marks a major step in the process to enact a state spending plan.  The Senate now must consider the proposal approved by the House.  Both chambers must pass the same version of a state budget before it can be passed along to the governor for his signature.

“We have done our part in the House to move the process forward,” Roae said.  “I look forward to working with the Senate and the administration to adopt a finalized budget in the next few weeks.”

Representative Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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717.772.9845
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