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.