Stephens Backs Budget to Increase Funding to Local School Districts
HARRISBURG – Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) joined a bipartisan majority (120-81) supporting a final state budget that keeps overall spending below the rate of inflation while increasing state funding for the school districts of the 151st District by more than $9 million over last year’s budget.

“This budget continues our efforts to get our fiscal house in order by prioritizing spending and holding the line on taxes,” Stephens said.

These five districts will receive the following funding increases: 

        • Abington School District: $2.09 million (16.53 percent) 
        • Hatboro-Horsham School District: $1.2 million (14.61 percent) 
        • North Penn School District: $3.1 million (15.17 percent) 
        • Upper Dublin School District: $1.1 million (18.24 percent) 
        • Wissahickon School District: $1.3 million (18.70 percent)

The $27.66 billion budget passed by the Legislature also adds $246 million more to higher education than Gov. Tom Corbett proposed. Temple University has already acknowledged they will not increase tuition this year due to the funding the legislature provided.

The budget also includes $17.8 million to reduce the waiting list for services for 700 special education graduates and 430 individuals with intellectual disabilities with elderly caregivers. In addition, the legislature restored $84 million to the governor’s proposed 20 percent cut to county human services programs.

The budget also preserves funding for several environmental programs including $38 million for the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund, $20 million for Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase (ACEP), and $6 million for the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Fund.

“These are challenging financial times,” Stephens said. “I worked hard to focus my efforts on education and social services for our most needy citizens without raising taxes. As illustrated by the strong bipartisan support, this budget goes a long way toward fulfilling that goal.”

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