Fiscal Responsibility, Record Education Funding Draw Emrick Support for Budget Bill
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) joined the majority of his House colleagues Monday in voting to concur on Senate amendments to House Bill 2328, the general appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014-15. The legislation, which contains no new taxes or tax increases, sets yet another record in funding for K-12 education at $10.5 billion, eclipsing the amount spent during 2013-14.

Emrick issued the following statement on House Bill 2328, which has been sent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature into law:

“As a former teacher, I am pleased to support a spending plan for fiscal year 2014-15 that features yet another record-setting appropriation in K-12 education. For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, we will be looking to the future through investments like this, in addition to significant increased raises in support for Pre-K Counts and special education.

“Public schools in the 137th Legislative District received the following increases:

• Bangor Area School District – $842,940.
• Easton Area School District – $2,437,093.
• Nazareth Area School District – $1,028,572.

“While I could go into more specifics, I feel it is important to emphasize the overall philosophy of this spending plan in relation to the budgets of the last three years. We continue to live in trying economic times, made even more difficult by decisions of the Obama administration that have made our lives more challenging.

“Decreased support from the federal government has forced to us to make difficult spending decisions. We nevertheless have crafted a budget for 2014-15 that does not rely on the wallets of Pennsylvania taxpayers in order to be balanced. No taxes are raised or created and no new debt is incurred.

“They are your tax dollars and we are charged with being good stewards of them. Not confining our spending to existing revenue is irresponsible. Voting for this budget is an extension of the sound economic practices I taught and promoted in the classroom. It only makes sense to support the same as a state representative.

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

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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