Benninghoff Votes for Balanced Budget Advanced by House
6/30/2014
HARRISBURG – The state House today approved and state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) voted for a balanced state budget that would provide additional investments in education.

“The House adopted a balanced, responsible state budget that controls spending while investing in the future of the Commonwealth,” Benninghoff said. “The budget would increase support for students and schools across Pennsylvania by adding to the record investment the Commonwealth made during the past few years.”

The $29.1 billion includes more than $10.5 billion in education funding, representing a more than $500 million increase above the current state budget. The budget also includes a $10 million increase for the Pre-K Counts program, bringing its total funding to nearly $100 million.

General funding for Penn State University would be maintained at more than $214 million, while funding for the Pennsylvania College of Technology would be increased by $2 million.

“At a time when many families have had to trim their own budgets, we are continuing to make investments in higher education,” Benninghoff said.

Funding for the Department of Agriculture would increase by 2.5 percent to more than $126 million.

Legislators were able to eliminate a more than $1 billion shortfall in revenue by making judicious reductions in spending and using existing revenue sources.

“The budget aims to use the Commonwealth’s limited resources in a way that best meets the needs of residents today and in the future,” Benninghoff said. “We were able to make significant investments in education while respecting the need to hold the line on spending.”

The budget bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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