Simmons Supports Fiscally Responsible Budget Bill
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) joined a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives Monday in supporting the general appropriations bill for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which was amended by the Senate. The balanced $29.1 billion spending plan does not raise taxes or create any new ones. The budget was approved on time by the House for the fourth consecutive year.

“I am very proud that we were able to pass our fourth on-time budget with no tax increases and a record amount of state spending on preK-12 education – $10.5 billion,” said Simmons. “The basic education allocation represents an increase of $541 million over last year and nearly 36 percent of the entire budget.”

Education funding amounts for schools in the new 131st Legislative District (effective Dec. 1, 2014) are as follows (includes basic education; special education; Accountability Block Grants; Ready to Learn Block Grants, transportation; and the state’s share of Social Security and retirement payments):

• East Penn School District - $23,624,067, a 7 percent increase of $1,540,229.
• Salisbury Township School District - $5,375,983, a 6.1 percent increase of $307,419.
• Saucon Valley School District - $7,034,320, a 8.1 percent increase of $525,857.
• Southern Lehigh School District - $10,453,759, a 6.1 percent increase of $601,700.
• Upper Perkiomen School District - $15,203,458, a 4.9 percent increase of $708,177.

The Allentown City School District, which is included in the current 131st Legislative District, will receive $133,902,130, a 4.5 percent increase of $5,732,461.

“This budget prudently appropriates state revenues while increasing spending by a modest $501 million, or less than 2 percent. We have made responsible investments in education, public safety and essential health services and programs that benefit our most vulnerable and ailing Pennsylvanians,” noted Simmons. “I am also pleased this spending plan meets the state’s full obligation to the pension funds of teachers and state employees. In fact, the pension appropriation was increased by $610 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.”

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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