Keller: Budget cuts are needed
SUNBURY – As lawmakers work in Harrisburg to balance the state budget, the deadline is drawing closer. State Representative Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) was a guest on WKOK’s Friday On The Mark program and gave us an update on the negotiations, saying they are looking at cuts that could be made.
Keller said, “As far as new revenues, I wouldn’t be advocating that we go out and, particularly in a recovery that’s been going on as long as our recovery has been going on, put an additional tax burden on the citizens of the commonwealth. I think we are going to need to take a look at the initiatives that the governor had and quite frankly we will probably not look at funding everything to the level that he wanted to fund it.”
He adds that cuts won’t be made to education. He says the local schools in his district have not had state cuts in funding, which many people don’t realize. Keller said, “What happened was the federal money was cut. They cut it and we funded state education K-12 at record levels.”
Keller is very optimistic a budget will be passed on time. You can hear more from Keller on this and other topics from Friday’s On The Mark program online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)
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