Maloney Supports Spending Within Our Means
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) voted to approve the 2012-13 state budget that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett Saturday evening. The measure keeps state spending under the rate of inflation, holds the line on taxes, and restores a measure of proposed cuts in many key government services.

The 2012-13 budget proposal the administration put forth to the General Assembly in February contained deep cuts to education, parks, and recreation programs. However, through some hard work by members of the General Assembly, many of these cuts were restored without burdening citizens with any additional fees or taxes.

Specifically, the final budget Corbett signed adds $100 million to K-12 education, $246 million to higher education, $84 million to county human services (which includes programs for those with intellectual disabilities), and $38 million to the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund.

“I had been contacted by many citizens of the 130th District who were very concerned about the administration’s proposed cuts,” Maloney said. “This budget, which still must be approved by the Senate, is much better than the proposal we received in February and funds programs important to my district at levels that I can accept without any tax hikes.”

In addition, Maloney noted, the budget pays into the state’s pension obligations the amount required by law, a requirement that had been ignored by the previous administration which worsened the Commonwealth’s fiscal woes.

“Due to the fact that the state is $50 billion in debt, tough decisions had to be made in this budget, including making $1.5 billion in payments to the State Employees Retirement System and the Public Schools Employees Retirement System,” Maloney said. “These massive payments were required as the previous administration chose for many years to ignore the growing pension crisis as well as borrow against taxpayers’ pocketbooks to fund pet projects that we really couldn’t afford. The bottom line is that economic recovery from this reckless spending demands fiscal responsibility, and that is what voters sent us here to do.”

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