Marsico Supports Taxpayer-Friendly State Budget
-- Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) was pleased to vote “yes” on the taxpayer-friendly budget bill, Senate Bill 1466, which does not increase spending or implement any new taxes. He issued the following statement about his vote:
“I really feel like the majority of members in the House of Representatives have managed to come up with a budget proposal that is good for Pennsylvanians while, at the same time, doing the right thing by increasing funding in crucial areas of our state.
“We worked together to ensure that the Pennsylvania State Police have funding for 100 new cadets. With the vast number of impending retirements, this was critical in maintaining our state’s public safety.
“We, in the Legislature, were also able to add $246 million to higher education funding in order to bring it back up to being level funded for the upcoming fiscal year. Additionally, $100 million was included for the Accountability Block Grant in order for all school districts to be funded at the same level or get more than they did in last year’s budget. Furthermore, $49 million was included for distressed school districts.
“Of course, while crafting this budget, we were also extremely concerned about offering job creation incentives and lowering the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth in order to boost our economy. The budget that passed today increases tax incentive programs that will help to create new jobs by giving tax credits to employers and, therefore, allowing them to hire new employees. I look forward to bringing businesses back to our great state.
“I am proud to say that this is the second year in a row that we have created a budget that only funds programs that the state’s revenues are able to support. This was incredibly difficult to do while phasing out the federal stimulus funding. We have done a lot of hard work to get to this point and have come to an agreement that not only will help boost Pennsylvania’s economy but also start giving back to the taxpayers who have been living with rising budgets for too many years. Passing a responsible budget was our priority and our focus. I am confident that this budget of less spending and no new taxes will be good for Pennsylvanians and the economy of the Commonwealth.”
Senate Bill 1466 will now go to the governor for his signature. For more information on the 2012-13 state budget, visit my website at www.RonMarsico.com
State Representative Ron Marsico
105th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Autumn Southard