Burns relieved that governor will let 2015-16 state budget become law

EBENSBURG, March 23 – Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that he will let the final piece of 2015-16 state budget legislation become law prompted the following response from state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria:

“It’s a relief to us all that instead of closing their doors, our public schools will get a total $200 million more in state subsidy – and that they, our human service providers and county governments won’t have to continue borrowing money to perform core functions.

“While this spending plan might not be perfect, it delivers 5 percent more for state-subsidized universities and increases spending 3 percent overall, while not raising taxes. Now we can put this protracted impasse behind us, focusing our full energies on developing the consensus needed to pass the 2016-17 state budget by the June 30 deadline.”

Burns was one of 13 House Democrats who voted March 16 in favor of this latest attempt to wrap up the 2015-16 budget, which was nine months overdue.