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Lancaster County House Republican Delegation Issues Statement on Passage of House Budget Proposal
HARRISBURG – The Lancaster County House Republican delegation today voted to approve a state spending proposal which, for the fifth year in a row, would increase K-12 education spending over the previous budget and fund the core functions of government without raising taxes.

The spending plan, House Bill 1192, increases K-12 education spending by $370 million over the 2014-15 budget, includes a plan to end the state’s monopoly on wine and liquor sales, and reforms the state pension system.

The budget proposal passed today fully funds intellectual disability programs and county child welfare services as well as increases funding for rape crisis and domestic violence prevention programs.
State Reps. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom), Mindy Fee (R-Manheim), Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock), Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal), Steve Mentzer (R-Lititz), Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield) and Dave Zimmerman (R-East Earl) issued the following statement following the floor vote on the budget proposal:

“The families in our communities must live within their means, and they expect the people they sent to represent them in the General Assembly to do the same. For the fifth year in a row, the House of Representatives has crafted a budget that makes historic investments in education without hiking taxes on the hard-working men and women of our Commonwealth.

“The budget proposal would spend $30.18 billion and features no tax increases or new taxes while increasing basic education funding for school districts as follows:

  2014-15 2015-16 Increase
Cocalico $6,871,184 $7,001,524  $130,340
Columbia $6,269,212  $6,432,574 $163,362
Conestoga Valley
$3,208,847  $3,450,331 $241,484
Donegal $6,633,106 $6,769,830  $136,724
Eastern Lancaster County  $3,984,471 $4,107,220  $122,749
Elizabethtown $8,277,946 $8,421,540 $143,594
Ephrata Area $8,896,625 $9,082,916  $186,291 
Hempfield $11,873,814  $12,085,958 $212,144
Lampeter-Strasburg $3,718,745  $3,832,510 $113,765
Lancaster  $54,112,981
$55,941,510 $1,828,529
Manheim Central  $6,491,249 $6,594,564  $103,315 
Manheim Township $4,733,249 $4,968,090  $234,841 
Pequea Valley $2,536,275 $2,603,188 $66,913 
Penn Manor $10,761,712  $10,954,980  $193,268
Solanco $9,534,470 $9,676,354  $141,884 
Warwick $9,185,992 $9,352,387 $166,395 

“In addition to increasing education funding at all levels, the budget proposal allocates funding for important agricultural programs including Ag Excellence, agricultural research, hardwoods research and promotion, livestock show and open dairy show – all of which the governor proposed to eliminate. In total, the Department of Agriculture would receive $23 million in new funding. Importantly, this budget includes $2.8 million to address avian flu.”
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