Bloom, Moul Unveil Fiscal Lifelines for Students, People in Need
10/19/2015
HARRISBURG – In a renewed effort to release critical state funding to serve individuals, families, Pennsylvanians in need and school children, state Reps. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Dan Moul (R-Adams) today announced the introduction of a fiscal lifelines package.

“The General Assembly tried to release these funds to our most vulnerable friends, neighbors and community members twice, but the governor blocked our efforts,” Bloom said. “Each passing day without a budget, the crisis deepens and vital programing is in danger of being halted. Continuing to hold individuals, families, victims of crime and abuse, people with disabilities and school children as fiscal hostages is reckless and hurtful, and we must get lifelines out to them immediately.”

The 12 freestanding appropriations bills would fully release critical state and federal funding in amounts at or very near those proposed by the governor in his 2015-16 budget and passed by the General Assembly in June.

“Many of my constituents are concerned about the budget stalemate and the impact it could have on school budgets, and services for our poor and elderly citizens,” said Moul. “The legislation we are proposing targets critical needs throughout our Commonwealth and provides a lifeline for our most vulnerable citizens. This is funding that we have in our state treasury, and money that is desperately needed by the programs serving these individuals.”

The appropriations bills include funding releases for rape crisis programs, PHEAA grants to students, cancer screening services, farmers market food coupons, diagnosis and containment of avian influenza, county child welfare services, education programs for disadvantaged students, school transportation, state domestic violence programs, textbooks for nonpublic schools and services for children with special needs.

“This is another attempt to offer immediate, noncontroversial relief until both the governor and Legislature can settle their disagreements on other matters,” Bloom added. “I hope there will be bipartisan support among our colleagues to release emergency funding lifelines.”

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Representative Stephen Bloom
199th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Abbey Haslam
717.260.6222
ahaslam@pahousegop.com

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Donna Pinkham
717.260.6452
dpinkham@pahousegop.com
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