Maloney Supports ‘Responsible’ Budget

State Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) voted Wednesday to support the proposed budget legislation for Fiscal Year 2011-12. House Bill 1485, which passed the House on concurrence on a predominately party line vote, now goes to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.


Maloney issued the following statement on passage of the bill:


“The priority of members of the General Assembly is passing a budget like the one we sent to the governor’s desk yesterday. It follows responsible spending principles I support, which is why it had my vote.


“For starters, it was accomplished on time before the July 1 deadline with no more borrowing or tax increases. The budget spends less than its 2010-11 predecessor, something that has happened a mere three times in nearly 40 years. Tough times call for difficult decisions and tighter restrictions on what gets supported and to what degree it gets supported.  Choices must be made between those areas where spending can be reined in and those where additional support must be appropriated.


“Such is the case with basic education, which is being funded at unprecedented levels.  Accountability block grants to be used at the discretion of the individual school districts are supported to the tune of $100 million. More importantly, the $5.354 billion Basic Education Funding subsidy in this budget represents the largest investment of state funding ever for that funding stream.


“This budget also takes into account present and future outstanding liabilities the state has. You have no doubt heard about a perceived multi-million dollar ‘surplus.’ Pennsylvania’s major liabilities total more than $50 billion. With $12.9 billion in outstanding debt, $4 billion owed the federal government for unemployment compensation loans and a good chance of having to reimburse the $800 million taken from the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCare) Fund by the Rendell administration, I question whether or not Pennsylvania has a ‘surplus.’


“This budget moves us in the direction of living within our means and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, which is why I voted for it.”


State Representative David Maloney

130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Scott Little
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