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State Budget Passed, Not Signed; Opposed By Painter

HARRISBURG PA – Rep. Mark Painter, a Democrat who represents Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick and other municipalities in Pennsylvania’s 146th House District, voted against the 2014-2015 state budget that was passed late Monday night (June 30, 2014) by the Legislature, but has not yet been signed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

State Budget Passed, Not Signed; Opposed By PainterPainter said he opposed the budget because he claimed it failed to offer more tax relief to small businesses and families; did not sufficiently tax natural gas drilling; and inadequately funded basic education needs.

The $29.1 billion general fund budget the House sent to Corbett ahead of a midnight deadline had not been signed by the governor as of Tuesday at 3 a.m., according to The (Harrisburg PA) Patriot-News newspaper. It reported Corbett wanted to study the budget’s impact and was seeking “meaningful reform” in the pension funding crisis for state employees and teachers.

The House vote on the budget was along party lines, the newspaper said; passed by 108 Republicans, and opposed by 92 Democrats, including Painter, and 3 Republicans. Proponents claimed the spending plan provided “a modest boost in school funding and replenishing the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police, in spite of severe fiscal challenges, without any increases in state taxes,” it added.

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