Mackenzie: Final Budget Reflects Right Priorities, Does Not Raise Taxes
– Tonight, the House and Senate adopted a final 2014-15 budget that focused on the right priorities and did not increase taxes, according to Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh). Following the budget’s passage, Mackenzie issued the following statement:
“This is my third budget vote since arriving in the Legislature, and for the third time in a row, I am pleased announce that we have passed an on-time, balanced budget that contains no tax increases. We were able to do so by focusing on the core functions of state government and clearly identifying our top priorities.
“This budget invests $10.5 billion in K-12 education – a record level of state funding. This represents an increase of $314 million over last year. Special education has been increased by $20 million, the first increase for such programs in six years, and pre-kindergarten programs saw a boost of $10 million.
“We’ve also been able to increase funding to help our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Resources for people living with autism will see $2.7 million in additional funding. Programs for those who have physical disabilities were increased by $22 million, and the Community Waiver Program for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities was increased by almost $40 million.
“This budget protects taxpayers and prevents job creators from facing additional barriers to growth and expansion in the Commonwealth.”
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Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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