Rapp Declares House Republican Plan to Restore Education Funding By Re-Prioritizing State Welfare Spending as Fiscally Responsible

State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) today announced her support of the House Republican state budget proposal (House Bill 1485)  that would shift fiscal priorities to education over welfare by cutting wasteful spending and dropping ineffective programs. 

“I support the House Republican counter-proposal to Governor Tom Corbett’s original 2011-12 budget proposal because it succeeds in not increasing the tax burden on Pennsylvania’s working citizens and job creators, while restoring $100 million for Accountability Block Grants that are extremely important to the rural school districts I represent to spend as they see fit on pre-K, all-day kindergarten and after-school tutoring programs,” said Rapp.   “It also benefits our regional Higher Education Council by increasing funding to the State System of Higher Education and state-related universities by $380 million.” 

While matching the $27.3 billion spending limit of the original Corbett budget proposal, which is nearly $1 billion less than the final 2010-11 state budget, the House Republican budget proposal would also: 

  • Increase K-12 education funding by more than $200 million to restore Basic Education Funding for all school districts to pre-federal stimulus (2008-09) levels. 
  • Cut Department of Public Welfare (DPW) spending by an additional $470 million from Corbett’s proposed budget, while continuing support for those residents who truly need that safety net—all totaled, the DPW line item in the House Republican budget amendment is still 1 percent above last year’s spending level. 

 “Having rejected six consecutive unsustainable Rendell state budgets and although the negotiating process for the 2011-12 state budget is far from over, I applaud House Bill 1485 for properly prioritizing our state’s limited revenues in a fiscally responsible manner that puts Pennsylvania taxpayers first and excessive government spending even further out of bounds,” said Rapp.   “Again, whether it’s broad-based or otherwise, a tax increase is a tax increase, and an economic recession is the worst time for state government to take away and redistribute even more income from taxpayers, consumers, property owners or job-creating employers.”     

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State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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