News Release: State Budget Passage


Township Association Congratulates State on Passing
First On-Time Budget in Nine Years

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors praised Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers today for achieving a milestone: The commonwealth’s first on-time budget in nine years.

“The governor made it look easy, but it’s taken a lot of hard work by a lot of people to craft this $27.1 billion spending plan,” PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko said, “and the best part is that the budget significantly cuts state spending and doesn’t include a tax increase.”

Sanko lauded the Corbett Administration for keeping an eye on spending and making tough choices.

“We’ve all seen people who spend more than they have, buy everything they want instead of just what they need or can afford, and who borrow to cover the shortfall. We all recognize it and the damage it causes,” Sanko said. “It’s been that way in Washington and Harrisburg for a while.

Even some larger communities in Pennsylvania are on the edge of fiscal distress. For years, the answer has been to gobble up more revenues, rather than control the spending appetite.

"Now, with this budget, Harrisburg has finally turned the corner, bringing fiscal responsibility back to Pennsylvania,” he added.
 Although Pennsylvania’s townships and other local governments have seen their share of state dollars diminish in recent years, the 2011-2012 budget brought good news: Programs that support intergovernmental cooperation, land use planning, floodplain management, community development, and transportation all saw slight funding increases.

“PSATS successfully worked to preserve funding that benefits townships in a budget year that included deep cuts across the board to such things as education, welfare, and environmental protection,” PSATS President John Haiko said. “Our work, however, is not over.

“When the legislature returns in the fall, the Association will be right back in Harrisburg asking lawmakers to enact common-sense reforms. These measures, which won’t cost a dime to enact, would provide communities with relief from costly purchasing and advertising mandates that are wasting millions of tax dollars a year.”

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and for the past 90 years has been committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.


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Contact Ginni Linn, Director of Communications. Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors, Enola, Pa., (717) 763-0930 (office), (717) 805-3588 (cell), glinn@psats.org.