Oberlander Votes for Fourth Consecutive, Education-Sustaining, No-New-Taxes State Budget
HARRISBURG — State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) issued the following statement regarding Monday evening’s passage of the 2014-15 state budget. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Oberlander voted “yes” on this $29.1 billion fiscally responsible spending plan which does not raise taxes for the fourth consecutive year.

“Given the challenging fiscal circumstances we had to confront this year, I can honestly say I voted for a budget that goes to great lengths to adequately fund the major priorities that are important to the citizens across our great Commonwealth, from education and human services to fully funding our public pension, public safety and environmental conservation obligations.”

“For starters, this year’s budget invests an unprecedented $10.5 billion in K-12 education. This is the highest amount ever in our state’s history and represents a year-over-year increase of approximately $541 million. This year’s budget also adds $20 million for special education funding, the first increase since 2007!

“Higher education is increased by nearly $10 million, with $5 million of that total going to the new Ready to Succeed Scholarship to help defray the cost of higher education for middle-income families across Pennsylvania.

“Also included is $15 million to train four new state police classes and put an additional 350 new state troopers to work patrolling our highways and communities. Best of all, for the fourth consecutive year, we accomplished all of these important economic priorities in a fiscally responsible manner and without raising taxes on the hard-working people of Pennsylvania.”

The 2014-15 state budget is now awaiting the governor’s signature. For the latest legislative updates, visit RepOberlander.com or Facebook.com/RepOberlander.

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
RepOberlander.com / Facebook.com/RepOberlander
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