Senate Gets State Budget 2013

Senate Gets State Budget 2013— Members of the House voted last week to send to the Senate a $28.3 billion budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). The plan does not increase taxes and focuses on education, public safety, health and human services, and the environment.

House Bill 1437 would do the following: Increase funding for basic education by $100 million; allocate funding for more than 300 new state troopers; add $7.2 million to the Department of Health to restore funding for health disease line items such as diabetes programs, epilepsy support, ALS support services and bio-technology research; and allocate $4 million in funding for county conservation districts.

Lawmakers have until June 30 to adopt a final budget. For the latest budget updates, visit PAHouseGOP.com.

Senate Gets State Budget 2013

$28.3 Billion Budget To Be Pondered By Pa. House

$28.3 Billion Budget To Be Pondered By Pa. House — Members of the House Appropriations Committee last week advanced a $28.3 billion budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). The bill now goes to the full House which is scheduled to consider it this week. The Pennsylvania Legislature has until June 30 to adopt a final budget.

The budget priorities outlined in House Bill 1437 include education, public safety, health and human services, and the environment.

The bill proposes to do the following: Increase funding for basic education by $100 million; allocate funding for more than 300 new state troopers; add $7.2 million to the Department of Health to restore funding for health disease line items such as diabetes programs, epilepsy support, ALS support services and bio-technology research; and allocate $4 million in funding for county conservation districts.

Year-to-date revenue collections are $102 million higher than projected. For the latest budget updates, visit PAHouseGOP.com, says Cox.

$28.3 Billion Budget To Be Pondered By Pa. House

House Appropriations Committee Ends Budget Hearings

The House Appropriations Committee has just finished its final week of budget hearings, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).  Among the agencies and departments testifying were the State System of Higher Education, the Gaming Control Board, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and the Department of Public Welfare.

Lawmakers aim to have a fiscally responsible, on-time budget for the third consecutive year, Cox said. The budget deadline is June 30.

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