Conklin releases statement on 2013-14 budgetHARRISBURG, June 30 –State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, released the following statement as to why he voted no on the 2013-14 state budget:
"This budget is a disappointment.
"We rank 49th in job creation and this budget continues to hurt, not help us, in the jobs department. It takes targeted investments to educate children, to re-educate adults, in order to have a competitive workforce. This budget does not address the most fundamental and basic principles of job creation.
"The fallout from Governor Corbett's $1 billion in education cuts continues to plagues public schools. It's time to get the 20,000 school employees who lost their job back to work and back into the classroom. It's time to get back to basics by adequately funding basic education.
"Pennsylvania citizens need to come first. It is not the working class, students or seniors on fixed incomes protected under this Republican budget. It is the big corporations, many of which aren't even Pennsylvania-based, that stand to reap the benefits of this spending plan. You have to give a little to get a little. Under this budget, big business need not apply.
"This Republican budget is one of false choices and wrong priorities," Conklin said.