Following the final passage of the 2016-17 state budget, Sen. Lisa Baker issued the following statement:
“This is a practical and sensible budget arrived at through negotiation rather than confrontation.
?Pennsylvania has avoided a second protracted and disruptive budget deadlock, which is a relief to service providers and community organizations. They are spared the uncertainty, the constant advocacy, and the emergency planning that absorbed too much of their time and their resources last year.
?The budget provides for increased funding in several crucial areas, education being the most significant. And education money is again distributed on the fairer formula recently put in place. In general, the budget ensures continued funding for programs and institutions that were in jeopardy of cuts or elimination last year, critical access hospitals being a local example.
?I am pleased there will be an increase in the in lieu of tax payments for DCNR land in our area. This helps out with local budgets.
?This budget was assembled without a general income or sales tax increase, consistent with the widespread public opposition to tax hikes.”
Andrew M. Seder
District Communications/Constituent Services for Pike and Wayne Counties
Office of Senator Lisa Baker
2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428