Budget Spends Historic Amount on PreK-12 Education, Says Helm
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) issued the following statement regarding tonight’s passage of the 2014-15 state budget in the House of Representatives. Helm voted in favor of the balanced $29.1 billion spending plan, which does not raise taxes. The budget was approved on time by the House for the fourth consecutive year.

Helm was especially pleased it includes a record amount of state spending for Pennsylvania’s public schools – $10.5 billion.

“Providing our young people with a quality education from pre-school to college is critical to the future of Pennsylvania and we are allocating an historic amount of the state’s financial resources toward that goal. The basic education allocation represents an increase of $541 million over last year and nearly 36 percent of the entire budget.

“This budget blueprint also maintains state support for most of the Commonwealth’s state-related universities and State System of Higher Education schools at current levels. In addition, community colleges are receiving nearly $216 million, which represents an increase of 1.6 percent.”

Rep. Helm’s video comments:

Education funding amounts for schools in the new 104th 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):

• Annville-Cleona School District - $6,821,416, a 3.4 percent increase of $223,568.
• Central Dauphin School District - $34,253,443, a 5.3 percent increase of $1,712,448.
• Halifax Area School District - $8,232,984, a 3.3 percent increase of $265,777.
• Lower Dauphin School District - $16,533,588, a 4.7 percent increase of $747,580.
• Millersburg Area School District - $5,642,801, a 3.9 percent increase of $213,178.
• Northern Lebanon School District - $12,095,667, a 3.8 percent increase of $445,252.
• Susquenita School District - $12,538,291, a 3 percent increase of $367,005.
• Susquehanna Township School District - $8,489,296, a 7 percent increase of $555,526.
• Upper Dauphin Area School District - $8,300,675, a 3.6 percent increase of $286,770.
• Williams Valley School District - $9,374,268, a 3.6 percent increase of $329,466.

Helm noted the budget includes nearly $650 million in one-time revenues, which are reserves on hand that were used to balance the spending plan instead of raising taxes. The spending plan also appropriates an additional $431 million toward the state’s public pension obligations for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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