State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Deberah Kula


Hearing Co-Chair   



Democratic Policy Committee hears testimony on state budget cuts


UNIONTOWN, Sep. 13 – The House Democratic Policy Committee heard from education, local government and human services experts regarding the impact of state budget cuts in southwest Pennsylvania during a public hearing today at Penn State's Fayette’s Eberly Campus, said committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.  


State Rep. Deberah Kula, D-Fayette/Westmoreland, requested the hearing and served as the hearing’s co-chair.


"All summer the Policy Committee heard testimony about the devastating consequences  the state budget has produced for communities across the state," Sturla said. "Today’s hearing painted a very discouraging picture of how the unparalleled cuts have affected the residents of southwest Pennsylvania. It’s apparent that the Commonwealth can’t endure another pennywise pound foolish budget next year and I applaud Representative Kula for investigating the impact the budget has had on her community."


"I requested this hearing to learn exactly what the fallout has been from this budget, how it has affected local municipalities, businesses and residents, and what we can do to alleviate some of this pain in future budgets," Kula said. "Today, we’re hearing first-hand from experts in our community on how education, health care, and local governments have paid the price."


Those testifying at the hearing included: Dr. Francis Achampong, chancellor, Penn State Fayette-The Eberly Campus; Dr. Tammy Stern, superintendent, Connellsville Area School District; Jesse Wallace, superintendent, Laurel Highlands School District; Kenneth Meadows, superintendent, Frazier Area School District; Dr. Philip Savini, superintendent, Brownsville Area School District; Carl Bezjak, superintendent, Albert Gallatin Area School District; Andrew Boni, chairman, Perry Township Board of Supervisors; Tom Karpiak, councilman, city of Connellsville; Jeff Landy, borough manager, borough of Mt. Pleasant; and Steven Handy, chief financial officer, Uniontown Hospital.


For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit