Emrick Votes in Favor of 2011-12 State Budget

Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) today cast his vote in favor of the 2011-12 state budget.  House Republicans have consistently fought for an on-time, responsible, sustainable spending plan.  The budget will now be passed on to the governor. 

“As a freshman legislator, I’m excited to be a part of the first on-time budget in eight years and I hope this remains the trend going forward,” said Emrick.  “This year’s budget is arguably the most fiscally responsible budget to pass in recent memory.  For the first time in years, Pennsylvanians won’t have to endure any new taxes, borrowing or irresponsible spending.” 

This budget would spend $27.149 billion which represents a decrease of 4.1 percent below last year’s budget.  State basic education funding is increased to the highest level in history.  It restores state dollars for basic education funding for all school districts to pre-federal stimulus (2008-09) levels.  This budget restores more than $1 million back to the Bangor, Easton and Nazareth Area school districts from the governors original proposal, while holding the line on spending. 

It also restores $100 million for the Accountability Block Grant program for school districts to spend as they see fit, including pre-kindergarten or all-day kindergarten programs. This entire restoration came from a $50 million reduction in each of the Legislature’s and governor’s budgets.  To note, the Legislature has decreased its own budget by 5.4 percent.  

After years of irresponsible spending by the previous administration, this year difficult decisions in Harrisburg had to be made.  Spending levels of the past several budgets far outpaced revenue and state government can no longer spend more money than it brings in.   

“Taxpayers of the 137th District have had to make difficult decisions and many have had to sacrifice more than 4 percent of their own personal budgets,” said Emrick.  “The time has come for state government to make those tough decisions also.” 

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Joshua Zimmerman

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