Benninghoff Votes for Budget Bill Adopted by House

Spending plan would level fund higher education, increase money for K-12 schools

HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today voted for a $28.3 billion budget bill approved by the state House that would provide level funding for Penn State University, increase support for kindergarten through 12th-grade education by $100 million and require no tax increases.

“The House budget bill is a responsible plan that would support our students and their parents without further burdening Pennsylvania taxpayers,” Benninghoff said.

The legislation – House Bill 1437 – would honor an agreement reached earlier this year by the governor and universities that receive state funding, including Penn State.  Under that agreement, the state will provide stable and level funding for the universities.  In exchange, the schools agreed not to raise tuition levels above the rate of inflation.

The House budget bill would provide the same $227 million in support as last year to Penn State.

“We want students and their parents to be able to afford to pay for a higher education,” Benninghoff said.  “This budget bill recognizes the importance of that goal and provides the funding necessary to ensure it is achievable.”

The spending plan approved by the House also would provide a historic new level of support for kindergarten through 12th-grade education.  Funding for basic education, which goes to support public schools across the Commonwealth, would increase by $100 million to $5.5 billion, representing the largest investment of state dollars in education in Pennsylvania’s history.

“State support for our schools and our children would go up under this budget,” Benninghoff said.  “If you hear about cuts in education funding, that is due to the loss of temporary federal stimulus funding.  The state continues to increase its investment in our students.  The federal government blew through the stimulus money and now it’s gone.  It’s not fair to expect state taxpayers to fill the hole left by the administration in Washington, D.C.”

The state budget bill must be approved in the same form by the House and the Senate before it can be signed into law by the governor.  The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration.

“We’ve taken the first step toward an on-time budget by passing this bill,” Benninghoff said.  “Next, the Senate will have its chance to amend the budget legislation.  In the weeks ahead, the two chambers of the Legislature will work with the administration to hammer out a final budget agreement.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver an on-time state budget.”

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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