Continued Increases in Public Education Among Reasons For Sonney Budget Bill Vote
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) 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.

Sonney issued the following statement on House Bill 2328, which was sent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk Monday night:   

“Today we continue the practice of the last three years in refusing to use the wallets of hard-working Pennsylvanians to balance the state budget. This spending plan for 2014-15 supports the core functions of government in a difficult fiscal climate, doing so in a manner similar to the way households plan their spending by using only the money we have.

“The greatest investment we make continues to be in education. This year’s appropriation of $10.5 billion will mark the fourth consecutive year of increases for students in K-12, doing so without accessing federal dollars that were available to the previous administration. Schools in the 4th Legislative District received the following increases:

•    Corry Area School District - 3.5 percent.
•    Fort Leboeuf School District - 4.3 percent.
•    Harbor Creek School District - 3.5 percent.
•    Iroquois School District - 3.0 percent.
•    North East School District - 3.4 percent.
•    Union City Area School District - 2.6 percent.
•    Wattsburg Area School District - 3.7 percent.

“In addition, more than $11 million is being allocated to train four new state police cadet classes. The current administration’s fourth consecutive year of prioritizing public safety in this manner, after years of underfunding, moves the Pennsylvania State Police closer to being at full compliment.

“Our unemployment rate being at its lowest level in six years is a reflection of the responsible spending practices of the last three years. Is there work yet to be done? Yes, but it’s obvious the current fiscal policy is setting Pennsylvania up for better days and a thriving economy.”   

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126 or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Scott Little
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