Emrick Supports Budget Bill to Endorse Education, Fiscal Responsibility
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) joined the majority of his House colleagues Wednesday in voting for House Bill 1437, the state House budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-14. The legislation, which passed by a 108-92 margin, will now be considered by the state Senate.

“My Senate colleagues will now take up this budget proposal, which I expect to be signed into law before the June 30 deadline,” Emrick said. “The bill contains no new taxes, spends responsibly and significantly increases funding for public education.”

House Bill 1437 proposes $28.3 billion in General Fund spending, a 2.1 percent increase that is well within the rate of inflation.

“That number is achieved through the use of existing revenue, without increasing debt or raising taxes on hard-working Pennsylvanians,” added Emrick. He shared the following basic education funding increases over the 2012-13 school year for the three schools in the 137th Legislative District:

• Bangor Area School District – $487,397, a 3.3 percent increase.

• Easton Area School District – $1,394,228, a 4.4 percent increase.

• Nazareth Area School District – $625,339, a 4.3 percent increase.

“Education makes up nearly 40 percent of the overall state budget.” said Emrick. “Under this proposal, K-12 basic education funding would be increased by $100 million over fiscal year 2012-13.”

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or his Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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