Gillen Votes for State Funding Bill Approved by House
HARRISBURG – With no overall state budget agreement within sight, Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) today in Harrisburg voted for an emergency state funding bill approved by the House that would release much-needed money for schools, emergency services and human service providers.

“The Commonwealth has the money and these programs and services could use the funding to help students, senior citizens and other Pennsylvanians,” Gillen said. “I voted to use the money we have to fund the services we can afford.”

The emergency state funding bill would provide approximately one-third of the annual state appropriation for most state government programs and services. This would enable schools, government agencies and human service providers to continue operating while lawmakers finalize a full state budget agreement.

“I recognize the need to identify and implement a long-term, responsible state budget solution that funds government while respecting the needs of taxpayers,” Gillen said. “At this point, there is no long-term solution that has garnered the support of the General Assembly and the governor. While we continue to work to develop a long-term plan, it’s important for an emergency state funding instrument to be executed.”

The emergency state funding bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law or vetoed.

The governor has the authority to approve some appropriations in the emergency state funding bill while vetoing others.

“We hope the governor will at least consider signing into law those appropriations that have broad, bipartisan support,” said Gillen. “This emergency state funding bill is about providing services for the most vulnerable members of our community.”

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Representative Mark Gillen
128th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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