Dunbar Votes for Fiscally Responsible State Budget to Draw Historic Line Against Excessive Government Spending

State Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) tonight cast a vote in favor of the final 2011-12 state budget (House Bill 1485). 

“I have absolutely no problem voting for this fiscally responsible state budget that contains no new taxes, provides adequate funding for education and all other core government functions, and most importantly, closes the $4 billion Rendell budget deficit and slashes excessive state spending by more than $1 billion,” said Dunbar.   “This truly is a historic budget because it represents only the third time in nearly four decades that Pennsylvania state government will be spending less than the previous fiscal year.”    

Containing no tax increases, no new borrowing and totaling $27.1 billion, which is slightly lower than the original $27.3 billion spending limit set by Gov. Tom Corbett’s March budget proposal, specific 2011-12 state budget details include:   

  • $1.17 billion (4.1 percent) spending reduction from the 2010-11 state budget. 
  • $9.59 billion (34 percent) of total budget spending goes to PreK-12 education—the $5.35 billion basic education subsidy represents the single largest investment of state tax dollars for public education in state history.  
  • Total higher education funding is $1.6 billion. 
  • $404 million in House Republican proposed reductions to the governor’s originally proposed Department of Welfare (DPW) budget.    DPW will receive $10.5 billion under the new General Fund budget. 
  • Restoration of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax phase-out to provide Pennsylvania’s job creators with approximately $70 million in needed tax relief. 
  • Elimination or combination of nearly 100 wasteful, non-essential or duplicative line-items and government programs. 
  • Absolutely zero-funding for so-called WAMs or “walking around money” previously made available to the governor, Legislature and politically connected special interests.
  • $50 million will be returned to the General Fund from the emergency reserve funds of the House and Senate.  

In addition, Dunbar applauded the 2011-12 state budget for forcing state government to live within its means, rather than spending away the alleged revenue surplus of up to $700 million. 

“As a certified public accountant I can tell you that it doesn’t take a CPA to determine that with Pennsylvania on the hook for at least $50 billion in current and future liabilities, that there is no revenue surplus to spend anywhere, no matter how much unanticipated tax revenue is collected over the next several months,” said Dunbar.    “Before the passage of this budget, Pennsylvania was facing the $4 billion Rendell budget deficit.   Moving forward, the final 2011-12 state budget should be used as a new paradigm to right-size state government away from the failed tax, spend, and borrowing polices of the past that lead in the opposite direction of economic recovery, job creation and future prosperity.”    

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State Representative George Dunbar
56th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin

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