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Jozwiak Votes to Release State Funding Held Up by Governor’s Veto
8/25/2015
HARRISBURG – Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) today in Harrisburg voted with a majority of his colleagues to release state funding for students, rape victims, cancer patients and others.

The votes came in an attempt to override parts of the governor’s budget veto.  Overriding a gubernatorial veto requires a two-thirds vote of the House, which the measures failed to secure.

“I’m disappointed more of our colleagues did not join us to release this state funding,” said Jozwiak.  “We had an opportunity for bipartisan action to move beyond the gridlock caused by the governor’s veto.”

The state House and Senate approved an on-time, balanced state budget that would have funded the core functions of government, increased state support for schools and required no new or increased taxes.

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the budget bill.

The Commonwealth began the new fiscal year July 1 without a state spending plan in place.

The House today attempted several votes to override specific appropriations in the state budget that were all vetoed by the governor.

The House voted on funding for rape crisis and domestic violence services; cancer screening services; services for children with special needs; health care programs; and grants for students attending colleges or universities.

“These are non-controversial funding items,” said Jozwiak.  “These programs and services deserve bipartisan support.  I was disappointed to see the votes come down along party lines.  As a result of these votes, many Pennsylvanians will continue to suffer the effects of the budget veto.”

Jozwiak said he will continue to work with his colleagues to adopt a responsible state budget.

Representative Barry Jozwiak
5th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
RepJozwiak.com / Facebook.com/RepJozwiak
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