Toepel Supports Passage of State Budget
6/30/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) joined her colleagues in passing a responsible budget that funds core government services without raising taxes.

“We’ve met the public’s two biggest concerns with this budget: increased education funding while avoiding an increased financial impact on taxpayers,” said Toepel. “Just as working families are being asked to do more with less revenue, so is state government. There is much more work to be done, and I will remain committed to enacting change as opportunities arise.”

House Bill 2328 once again makes record-setting investments in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education for a total of $10.5 billion without raising taxes. It includes $200 million for a new Ready to Learn Block Grant Program, which supports academic achievement with flexible uses including establishing, expanding and maintaining quality kindergarten and Pre-K programs, Hybrid Learning, curriculum alignment and other uses. Special education also saw an increase of $20 million.

The budget also includes $11.4 million to train four new state police cadet classes, which will add 350 troopers to the street; a $13 million increase to Intellectual Disabilities services to reduce the waiting list; and a 10 percent increase in funding for rape crisis and domestic violence centers.

This budget focuses on overcoming the federal economic climate. Unfortunately, federal fiscal policies have negatively affected economic growth across the country and caused the slowest economic recovery ever. Revenue collections fell short of the Independent Fiscal Office's projections due to the impact of these polices as well as cuts made to federally funded programs, causing a $1.4 billion budget gap.

During these challenging times, Toepel supports a budget that invests historic amounts of money in education, as well as other state services that are important to Pennsylvania citizens’ health and safety.

“This is a very tough budget, but it balances the need to adequately fund core services while being sensitive to the ability of taxpayers to be financially able to do so,” said Toepel. 
 
For more information pertaining to the proposed 2014-15 state budget, visit the House Republican Caucus’ interactive website at PAHouseGOP.com.

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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