FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. John P. Sabatina, Jr.
Sabatina opposes budget that fails most vulnerable Pennsylvanians
HARRISBURG, July 6 – State Rep. John Sabatina voted against the state budget plan for 2012-13, citing the colossal failures to adequately fund human services and basic education. The Northeast Philadelphia legislator released the following reaction to the budget:
“The $84.2 million in cuts to human services are disastrous and force our already strained local governments to do more with even less than last year. Philadelphia accounts for $18.4 million of that. 10 percent of the people in this commonwealth will incur nearly 22 percent of the cuts. This is not an equitable or fair solution.
“The administration failed to restore the nearly $1 billion in disturbing cuts from last year’s budget and failed to include the school district of Philadelphia in their distressed schools supplement. These budget cuts are impacting academic and enrichment programs the district can offer to students. By shortchanging basic education, we are putting the future of this commonwealth at a disadvantage.
“This budget is a colossal failure that will cost the commonwealth years of educational progress and hurts our most vulnerable citizens.”