State Budget Proposal Holds Line on Taxes, Maloney Says
HARRISBURG - With state revenues coming in below original expectations, Gov. Tom Corbett today proposed a $27.1 billion budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year to a joint assembly of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, said Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks).

At $27.1 billion, the budget presented today is a $22 million decrease from the current year’s budget that still aims to maintain level funding for our core functions of government, reflecting a continued commitment to fiscal responsibility and reduced government spending.

Corbett said the state can spend within its means and still afford to boost basic education. He proposed a 3.4 percent increase in funding for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and delivering some funds through block grants to allow schools more versatility in meeting their financial needs.

“I'm glad that no tax increases are proposed, but I am concerned the governor’s address lacked focus on the need for real property tax reform, an issue which is literally destroying the households of many Pennsylvanians. It is the issue constituents are demanding legislators produce results on – soon,” Maloney said. “Public safety and welfare spending have also always been key issues for me when voting on legislation and budgets. It was good to learn the proposed funding levels for state police will not require layoffs as some news media had reported may happen. I am still concerned that real reforms to welfare spending are not as high a priority as they should be.”

The House Appropriations Committee will begin conducting budget hearings starting Feb. 21. The deadline for passage of the annual state budget is June 30.

State Representative David Maloney
130th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Charles Lardner
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