Smucker Comments on Passage of 2012-13 State Budget
HARRISBURG – Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13) supported Senate passage of a fiscally responsible 2012-13 budget today that restores vital funding for education and social services without the need for a tax increase.
Smucker issued the following statement regarding final passage of the budget:
"Throughout the budget process, my main concern was enacting a fiscally responsible spending plan that protects the programs and services that our local communities rely on most. The state faced significant challenges in this budget due to the state's severe fiscal constraints, but the final product represents a reasonable approach that will be sustainable in future years.
"This spending plan accomplishes several of my highest budgetary priorities, including the restoration of funding for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During numerous meetings with service providers and visits to care facilities throughout the area, I have seen the tremendous value these services provide for people who need and deserve a great deal of personal attention. I was proud to join the MH/MR community in fighting to ensure they have the funding they need.
"Improving revenue collections also allowed the restoration of several education cuts proposed by the governor. This spending plan helps local college students by restoring funding for the State System of Higher Education, ensuring Millersville students and parents will not see tuition increases this year that exceed the rate of inflation. Basic education funding levels from last year were maintained, and the plan also allows for the completion of critical public school construction projects in our region."