Benninghoff Votes for On-Time State Budget
6/29/2011

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today voted for and the House approved an on-time state budget for the first time in eight years. 

“This is a vast improvement over previous years, when programs, services, schools and universities waited months past the deadline to learn if they would be funded,” Benninghoff said. 

The budget would spend more than $27 billion to fund the core functions of government without imposing any new or increased taxes. 

The final agreement would restore hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to local schools, Penn State University and other higher education institutions across the Commonwealth that were slated for severe cuts in the governor’s original proposal. 

“Our schools, children and college students are a priority,” Benninghoff said.  “They remained one of our top concerns as we negotiated a final budget agreement.” 

Benninghoff noted that, going into the budget negotiations, the Commonwealth was facing a multi-billion dollar deficit and the loss of billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds. 

The budget approved by the House includes the largest investment of State dollars for basic education funding in the history of the Commonwealth.  However, due to the loss of federal stimulus dollars, school districts will receive less funding overall than they received last year. 

“There is simply no way to deal with that big of an obstacle without making tough decisions that impact the lives of many Pennsylvanians,” Benninghoff said.  “The previous administration continually kicked the can down the road.  This year – and it’s a credit to the House, Senate and governor – the state passed a fiscally responsible budget that spends within taxpayers’ means.”  

For additional information, including spreadsheets showing specific program funding levels and dollar amounts for each school district in the Commonwealth, visit PaHouseGop.com/StateBudget.aspx

The budget now heads to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature. 

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
KerryBenninghoff.com
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