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State Budget for 2013-14 Approved by House, Tobash Says

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted in favor of the state’s $28.376 billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14 on Sunday, June 30. Following the House vote, Tobash made the following statements:

“This year’s House-approved budget is a responsible spending plan that takes into consideration the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. This budget does not raise taxes, and represents a realistic and reasonable 2.3 percent increase over the previous year. In a time when revenues are stagnant, I am pleased that we have established a focus on funding the core and essential services that government is expected to provide.

“The 2013-14 budget recognizes the importance of our public school system and the effects it has on our property owners. I have been fighting hard to restore basic education funding and to support legislation that helps provide our children with the best education. This year’s budget bill includes a $122 million increase in funding for basic education, which is $10 million more than the governor’s proposed budget and should help every school district hold the line on property taxes.  

“An additional $4.6 million was allocated to the Department of Agriculture programs and restores funding for programs such as agriculture research, and the Pennsylvania Preferred program. The Pennsylvania State Police will receive an additional $14.7 million, which will help to train 290 new state troopers and 90 civilian dispatchers.

“Act 13, the law enacted in the previous session that assesses an impact fee on the Marcellus Shale industry, has helped boost the overall economic landscape of Pennsylvania. Those dollars have helped our area by supplementing funding for conservation districts and environmental programs. 

“This budget marks the third in a row to be passed on time. As a Legislature, we have a constitutional requirement to pass a budget on time, every fiscal year, and I’m pleased that this deadline was again met.”

This budget takes effect on Monday, July 1. For more information on the state’s 2013-14 state budget, or any state-related issue, call his Schuylkill Haven office at 570-385-8235, or visit Tobash’s website at or follow his legislative Facebook page at

Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
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