FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
Democratic Policy Committee examines widespread impact
of state budget cuts
HARRISBURG, July 13 – At a public hearing at the state Capitol today, members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard concerns from human services advocates and local government officials on how they are dealing with cuts in their funding stemming from the state budget which was signed by the governor last month, according to Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.
"Less than two weeks ago the governor and House Republican leaders stood in the Capitol and publicly celebrated their cuts to education and social services," Sturla said. "It was important to bring the Policy Committee to Harrisburg for a hearing to examine the damage those cuts are causing communities in central Pennsylvania."
Those testifying at the hearing included: W. Gerard Oleksiak, treasurer, The Pennsylvania State Education Association; Brinda Carroll Penyak, deputy executive director, County Commissioners Association of PA; Judy Banks, deputy director, Disability Rights Network of PA; and Michael Wood, research director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.