Stephens Backs Budget that Restores Funding to School Districts

Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) announced the final budget he supported largely restores state funding for the school districts that are part of the 151st District.  

Restoring the funding to local schools was an initiative Stephens pursued upon hearing Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address proposing significant cuts. The final budget contains more than $35.1 million for schools in the 151st District, an increase of more than $6.6 million in funding than was proposed by Corbett.  

Illustrating its commitment to education, the Legislature used money from its own accounts for the increased education funding- ensuring districts can focus on dealing with lost federal stimulus dollars. 

“In tough financial times, it’s critical that we properly prioritize our spending,” Stephens said. “From the beginning, I set out to restore state funding for education and this budget goes a long way toward that end.” 

These five districts will receive the following increases over the Corbett proposal:

  • Abington School District: $1.222 million.

  • Hatboro/Horsham School District: $817,433.

  • North Penn School District: $2.994 million.

  • Upper Dublin School District: $821,101.

  •  Wissahickon School District: $774,942.

The additional subsidies for each school district are dedicated to restoring the state’s portion of the Basic Education Funding Subsidy, increasing the Accountability Block Grants over the governor’s proposal, and fully restoring the Social Security Reimbursement line item – the number one concern superintendents in local school districts raised with Stephens.

As a former sex crimes prosecutor, Stephens also worked to ensure the budget restored much-needed funding for rape crisis centers, programs to combat domestic violence, breast cancer screenings, and services to help those with autism – line items his own caucus initially proposed cutting. 

Stephens's leadership was noted by two statewide advocacy groups.

"We appreciate Rep. Stephens' leadership in standing up for victims of domestic violence by working to restore funding for vital programs and services,” said Peg Dierkers, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the statewide network of shelters and programs for domestic violence victims. “It's clear Rep. Stephens understands the important work our organizations do and we're glad he was ready, willing and able to fight to restore funding for domestic violence services."  

“Rep. Stephens has a history of sharing his expertise with us as a trainer and partner in our mission to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual violence,” said Diane Moyer, legal director, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. “We are grateful for his leadership in ensuring that critical services for men, women and children are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. As a former prosecutor, he is keenly aware of the constant need for timely and thoughtful response to victimization. We look forward to working with him on our legislative agenda and for helping to keep our communities safe from predators.” 

In closing, Stephens explained, “In these difficult financial times, it’s more important than ever that state government lives within its means while ensuring we continue to help those who truly need it.  This budget does just that” 

State Representative Todd Stephens
151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  David Foster

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