Gabler Votes to Move Budget Bill
June 26, 2014
HARRISBURG – The state House today passed House Bill 2328, the general
appropriations portion of the 2014-15 state budget. The legislation contains no
new taxes and would increase support for Pennsylvania’s public schools for the
fourth consecutive fiscal year.
State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk),
who voted to support the bill, issued the following statement on House Bill 2328,
which will now be taken up by the state Senate:
“I am proud to support a budget that lives
within our means and respects the hard-working taxpayers of Pennsylvania. House
Bill 2328 supports and prioritizes the core functions of government in difficult
“For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, this
budget will fund K-12 education at a record level. This commitment of
$10.3 billion in state funding to our schools is nearly $400 million higher
than the greatest amounts available to schools under Federal Stimulus in
2010-11. Special education funding is increased by $20 million in this budget,
and this budget includes additional support to assist school districts in
paying their increased pension obligations. These increases show our continued
commitment to future generations.
“Obligations placed on us by the federal
government, in the form of both increased costs and reduced reimbursements have
made the task of achieving a balanced budget difficult. In spite of that, we
have put forth a responsible spending plan that does not increase taxes or rely
on new debt.
“Our financial practices are starting to pay
off. Pennsylvania is moving in a more business-friendly direction.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in six years and below
the national average. Colorado-based WhiteWave Food Company’s decision to
purchase the former International Custom Products building in Sandy Township is
an example of a rebirth happening statewide. This budget bill continues that
trend and will keep us moving toward prosperity and fiscal stability.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue
should be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688 or his St. Marys
office at (814) 781-6301.