Maloney Supports Fiscally Responsible Budget

Says holding line on taxes while boosting tech school funding will help economy

HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today voted in favor of the 2013-14 state budget, saying the $28.4 billion spending plan holds the line on taxes and stays below the rate of inflation while funding important senior programs and key education line items.

Of particular importance to the 130th District is grant funding in the amount $48,791 for the Berks Career and Technology Center and $9,717 for career training programs in the Oley Valley School District.

The 2013-14 state budget allocates an additional $123 million to basic education over the 2012-13 budget, adds $10 million for long-term senior care, and provides $50 million in Pennsylvania Lottery funds for senior programs.  Maloney also noted that adequate funding for school employee pensions, which had been frankly ignored by the Rendell administration, has been increased by 18.8 percent.

“Caring for our seniors is a responsibility we all share, and investments in education and career training are the best way to prepare our children and young adults for good-paying jobs in a global economy,” Maloney said.  “That we are able to make these increased investments without any additional burden to taxpayers is due to sound fiscal management of the past two state budgets, which were also on time.”

For Berks County school districts within the 130thth District, the funding levels for 2013-14 are:

  • Boyertown - $25,683,666, an increase of $877,095.
  • Brandywine – $7,292,815, an increase of $208,389
  • Daniel Boone - $14,349,675, an increase of $569,946.
  • Exeter - $14,547,250, an increase of $570,738.
  • Fleetwood - $9,814,283, an increase of $376,348.
  • Oley - $7,048,096 an increase of $217,493.
These totals include Basic Education Funding, Accountability Block Grants, student transportation and charter school student transportation, school employees’ Social Security, and the state’s portion of pension obligations for school employees.
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