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Baker’s statement on budget

July 2, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA — Senator Lisa Baker said she voted yes on the Pennsylvania budget because, “I believe that this is a reasonable and responsible plan within the available revenues. It is consistent with previous efforts to control state spending, but there is also recognition that additional dollars are needed in key areas to avoid negative consequences for families and communities.

“I heard a lot of expressions from individuals and groups for either catch-up dollars to restore services, or new money to expand successful efforts. The difficulty is that it is not easy to gain broad agreement on acceptable ways to generate revenue to pay for higher spending, for this year and for subsequent years.”