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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Says Approved State Budget Cuts Spending, Repairs Deficit
6/29/2011
HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today said the newly approved state budget begins to restore fiscal sanity to the Commonwealth by controlling spending, closing a $4 billion deficit, and marks the first time in eight years that a budget was completed on time.

“After some very dark times in Pennsylvania that saw rampant increases in state government spending, which contributed to a $4 billion deficit, we have finally started down the road to restoring some sense to the Commonwealth’s financial picture,” said Everett. “This budget, while not perfect, does manage to fund our state priorities.”

Everett said the effort to refocus state spending had to begin with reversing the eight-year trend of budget increases that resulted in an $8 billion spending growth, a total of 37 percent. The two-to-one increase beyond the rate of inflation was unacceptable, which is why he opposed budget increases in the past several years. 

Another problem that had to be faced was the loss of federal stimulus funds, which amounted to $3 billion. This budget managed to restore funds to higher education and local schools in Pennsylvania. The State System of Higher Education will receive a restoration of $180 million over the governor’s original plan, the state-related universities (Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln) will receive $559 million and, in Lycoming County, schools will receive more than $2.5 million more than the governor’s plan.

In addition to this, some of the revenue that had been collected over the original estimate was applied toward the restoration of education spending. The line item for legislative funds was reduced by $50 million to aid in restoration of $100 million to the Accountability Block Grant Program.

“There was a lot of heavy-lifting that had to be done to make up for that loss of federal dollars from that ill-feted stimulus plan,” said Everett. “In the end, that only added to the problem, but this plan went a long way toward closing the space that was created. It signals a continuing reminder that spending on all levels has to be controlled in a better manner.”

Everett said the drive to reform the state welfare system has also aided in crafting the final budget.

“The House Republican plan to cut fraud, waste and abuse in the Pennsylvania welfare system will make sure that only those who are truly in need will get assistance,” said Everett. “This is the first time that this issue has been met head on. Even with that, there is more work to be done.”

The spending total in the state budget is $27.149 billion, a reduction of more than $1 billion from last year. This represents the largest reset of state government spending in generations.

Rep. Garth Everett
84th Legislative District
RepEverett.com
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