Hess Supports Second Consecutive Budget With No Tax Increases
HARRISBURG – Following passage of the state budget for fiscal year 2012-13, Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) today said this marks the second consecutive budget being signed into law that does not raise taxes.
“Given the excessive spending that took place in recent years, I am pleased that we are getting our budget back into line with sustainable and recurring revenues, in other words, not spending more than we actually have,” said Hess. “It is not a perfect plan by any means, but there is restored funding for higher education to avoid a deep cut.”
Hess said he fought for an additional $700,000 for Allegany Community College in Bedford and Somerset Counties, which was included in the budget bill. That funding will be dedicated to student tuition and not to administrative costs or staff salaries. He stressed that this is critical funding, given the economic climate being faced.
He also singled out funding restoration for adult cystic fibrosis and other respiratory illnesses within the appropriation for the Department of Health.
“The budget that we have passed meets the Commonwealth’s basic responsibilities,” said Hess. “The challenge that had to be met was in lower revenue collections and being able to restore cuts in human services. We were able to restore half of the human service cuts. I am hopeful that the economy will continue to improve.”
The budget bill goes to the Senate for its approval.
State Representative Dick Hess
78th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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