Greiner Supports Fiscally Responsible Budget

Cites investments in education, health services, and agriculture

HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith J. Greiner (R-Upper Leacock) released the following statement regarding his support of House Bill 1437, the state budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

“I’ve used my background as a Certified Public Accountant to thoroughly review the numbers in this legislation, and I like what I see.  In challenging economic times, government must live within its means, and this budget does that by holding spending increases 2.1 percent below the rate of inflation without raising taxes. 

“The $5,526,129 appropriation for basic education represents a $123 million increase in K-12 education and is the most state spending on basic education in the history of our Commonwealth. Education is one of the most important functions of government, and it is vital that we prepare Pennsylvania’s children to thrive in a global economy.  With so many competing interests involved in this spending plan, it is clear that we place a high value on public education.

“Another aspect of the budget I am pleased with is the increase in funding to reduce the waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  This proposal adds $20 million to further reduce the waiting list for those with intellectual disabilities, and also includes a 20 percent increase for autism intervention and services.  These funding increases will go a long way to improve the everyday lives of citizens who are differently abled.”

“Finally, with agriculture being a focus of the economy in the 43rd District and throughout Pennsylvania, it is important that we continue to support our farmers and agriculture research, and this budget does that by investing over $100 million in our agriculture line items.”

More information about Greiner and his legislative priorities is available at and

Representative Keith J. Greiner
43rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Charles Lardner
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