FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Lawrence Curry
Curry: GOP spending plan is a losing proposition for seniors
HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Rep. Lawrence Curry, Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, released the following statement on S.B. 1466, the 2012-13 budget bill considered by the House today:
"Senate Bill 1466 undoes all the strides we've made to provide frail seniors with the home-based services they need to delay, or even avoid, admission to a long-term care facility. The drastic cuts to home and community-based service programs in S.B. 1466 will force seniors into nursing homes because they won't be able to get the help they need to age in their own homes. These cuts will also force home-care providers to lay off staff, reduce services or close up shop altogether.
"This bill sets the stage for higher property taxes as it underfunds education. Seniors on fixed incomes will be hardest hit by higher tax bills.
"I cannot, in good conscience, support a state budget that leaves $300 million on the table, and robs from the state Lottery Fund -- that was established to provide services for older Pennsylvanians -- to pay for General Fund spending, and is balanced on the backs of our frailest citizens," said Curry, D-Montgomery/Phila.
Budget cuts that will harm senior citizens include: