Baker Applauds House Passage of 2012-13 State Budget
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today voted in favor of a 2012-13 state budget that puts forth a responsible and sensible $27.7 billion spending plan that focuses on education and health care.

“This budget spends responsibly and is focused on creating jobs,” said Baker. “For the second year in a row the state budget does not raise taxes on Pennsylvania businesses and working families. The budget will help create jobs and an economic environment where businesses will grow and employ more Pennsylvanians. It also maintains the phase out of the Capitol Stock and Franchise Tax, a job killing tax that hurts businesses. This budget, while austere, is sensible and balanced and fiscally sustainable.”

Higher education funding for Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities, including Mansfield University, was restored to the current fiscal year levels.

“I am pleased we were successful in providing level funding so that our state universities can continue to offer a quality education for a reasonable cost,” said Baker. “In fact, our state universities provide the best value and lowest cost for a college education in Pennsylvania.”

Under the 2012-13 state budget, K-12 education was also level funded with school districts receiving additional money through the continuation of the $100 million Accountability Block Grant program, which offers schools with flexible funding for programs such as all-day kindergarten. Every school district in the 68th Legislative District will receive an increase in funding.

“As chairman of the House Health Committee, I am also pleased to announce that funding for our hospitals, trauma and burn centers, neonatal hospitals, and nursing homes, which earlier this year were slated to receive cuts, will get the same level of funding as they did in the 2011-12 fiscal year,” said Baker. “This is important funding that will allow our hospitals and nursing homes to continue to provide quality care to the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

For more information on the 2012-13 state budget, go to Baker’s website at

State Representative Matt Baker
68th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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