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Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Governor Unveils Budget Proposal
2/6/2014
QUESTION: Can you tell me what is in the governor’s budget proposal?

ANSWER: The governor this week delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. The governor’s plan calls for more than $29.4 billion in spending.

More than $10 billion of the state budget would be used to fund schools and other education-related expenses, such as student transportation, funding for textbooks and public libraries. If the governor’s budget was enacted into law, it would mean that more than $1 out of every $3 spent in the budget would go to fund education.

Funding for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare would increase by more than $400 million in the governor’s budget proposal, rising from approximately $11 billion to $11.4 billion. Many of these dollars are used to help people truly in need, such as people with disabilities or senior citizens. However, some of the money is also being used by people who simply want to take advantage of the system. While it is important to help people truly in need, we also need to do more to prevent waste, fraud and abuse within the welfare system.

The governor’s budget proposal would provide level funding for the state-owned universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The schools would share more than $400 million, just like they are doing in the current budget. This is a significant level of support, considering funding for many state programs and services has been reduced during the Great Recession. If the administration and the schools want to ensure those dollars are stretched to help the most students, I have proposed several reforms that would ensure dollars are spent in a more responsible way at state-owned universities.

Funding for the state-related universities – Lincoln University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and University of Pittsburgh – also would remain at the current year’s levels.

It is important to remember that these are all preliminary numbers. The governor’s budget proposal is a starting point for the budget negotiations that will take place in the months ahead.

The House and Senate Appropriations committees will hold hearings with officials from each of the departments under the governor’s jurisdiction to identify any potential places where costs can be cut and savings can be realized. The appropriations committees will do the same with other elected officials, such as the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Auditor General.

The Legislature will work with the administration between now and the June 30 deadline toward the goal of passing another balanced, on-time budget.
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