Moul Votes to Approve $27.15 Billion Budget

Plan cuts spending, puts Pennsylvania on right financial track


HARRISBURG – For the first time since being elected to the House in 2006, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) voted to approve a state budget.  


“I voted for this budget because it is the first one I have seen that recognizes the economic realities that this state and its citizens are facing,” said Moul.  “This budget cuts spending by $1 billion, making this only the third time in the past 40 years that a budget came in less than the year before.


“This is the first on-time budget in nine years.  It contains no new or increased taxes and no new borrowing.  It cuts $400 million out of the Department of Public Welfare while ensuring adequate funding for essential programs and for those truly in need.


“Basic education funding has been restored to pre-stimulus levels, and we put $100 million into the Accountability Block Grant program to provide for pre-kindergarten or full-day kindergarten programs.  Higher education funding has been increased by $380 million over levels provided in Governor Corbett’s budget proposal.


“There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about a budget surplus.  While it is true that our revenues have exceeded projections over the past few months, anyone who says Pennsylvania has a surplus is either misinformed or being deliberately deceptive.  Here are the facts: state spending during the eight years of the Rendell administration rose at twice the rate of inflation.  Now we are faced with upward of $50 billion in unfunded liabilities, debt from borrowing and a judgment against us for raiding the MCare fund to cover the last budget.  Saying we have a surplus when we are carrying that much debt is just irresponsible.


“While this budget does not come without pain and sacrifice, I believe it offers our best hope yet of putting our economy back on track.”


Representative Dan Moul
91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Donna Pinkham


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