James Votes for Balanced Budget Adopted by House
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango) today in Harrisburg voted for the balanced $29.1 billion state budget that was approved by the House.

“The budget invests in the core functions of government, like education, while holding the line on spending to protect taxpayers,” James said.

The budget includes more than $10.5 billion in funding for education, marking the largest investment made into this section of the budget in the Commonwealth’s history.

“Local students and schools will benefit from the increased support the state is providing through additional funding,” James said.

The budget also would make significant investments in higher education. Funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education would be maintained at the current level of more than $412 million. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency would receive a $5 million increase to boost its funding to more than $391 million.

“We are supporting the men and women who are pursuing their dream of a higher education,” James said.

The budget includes modest increases for black fly and West Nile virus control programs. Department of Environmental Protection funding would be increased by more than $12 million, or nearly 10 percent, to $140 million.

This marks the fourth year in a row the state has adopted an on-time budget.

“At a time when many governments are struggling with deadlock, the state House, Senate and governor worked together to deliver a balanced, on-time budget for the people of Pennsylvania,” said James.

The budget now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
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