Stephens Issues Statement on Passage of State Budget

HARRISBURG – Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) released the following statement following the passage of a 2013-14 state budget:   

“This is a responsible balanced budget that increases funding for Basic Education by $122 million, provides $22.5 million for distressed school districts, adds $5 million for Early Intervention to children ages 3 to 5 with developmental disabilities, and provides a $3 million for grants to career and technical schools to purchase new equipment so the Commonwealth can expand career and technical education opportunities without raising taxes. 

“Locally, the school districts of the 151st District will receive a total increase of more than $3.4 million.  Abington will receive an increase of $808,287, Hatboro-Horsham $433,698, North Penn $1,194,086, Upper Dublin $499,728, and Wissahickon $491,497.

“Equally important, the budget also adds $26 million to further reduce the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“To improve public safety, the Attorney General’s office will be receiving an additional $9 million which will help it expand public safety programs like local drug task forces, the Child Predator Interception Units, and Mobile Street Crimes Unit.  We also included $1.5 million for the State Police Forensics Lab to expedite the review of evidence collected at crime scenes.  

“To help the victims of crime, we make an 11 percent increase for Domestic Violence Centers, a 14 percent increase for Rape Crisis Centers, and give state police an additional $14.7 million.  This will help to train 290 new state troopers and 90 civilian dispatchers.

“This is a balanced and sustainable budget that lives within our means and focuses on education, public safety, and support for our most vulnerable citizens.”

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: David Foster
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