Appropriations Committee Conducts Hearings on 2012-13 Budget

Appropriations Committee Conducts Hearings on 2012-13 Budget


The House Appropriations Committee began its series of budget hearings in February to study the governor’s proposed 2012-13 state budget.


“The Appropriations Committee is responsible for crafting the state’s annual budget. Holding budget hearings allows members of the committee to take a detailed look at the fiscal requirements of various state agencies and commissions that receive funding from the state,” said Payne.


The committee heard testimony from the Department of Revenue; state-related universities, such as Penn State, University of Pittsburgh and Temple University; the state courts; the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board; the Public Utility Commission; and the Office of Attorney General, among others.


“During the budget hearings, testifiers from the Independent Fiscal Office indicated the total revenue for the current fiscal year will be approximately $500 million below estimates,” Payne noted. “Although I’m hopeful that the economy will rebound, it’s important that when we look at this coming year’s budget, we make decisions based on the current information.”


The next step in the budget process will be the introduction of the House’s budget bill. The deadline to approve the 2012-13 budget is June 30, 2012.


The complete budget hearing schedule, as well as archives of completed hearings, can be found at


House Citations Available for Important Milestones


As a service to the citizens of the 106th Legislative District, Rep. John Payne is reminding residents that citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are available to commemorate a special milestone within an individual’s or a couple’s life.


“A citation is a unique way for members of the state House to recognize the life or achievements of a fellow Pennsylvanian,” Payne said.


Citations can be awarded to:


  • Individuals attaining 75 years of age and then every five years thereafter.
  • An athletic team or individual winning a state championship.
  • Individuals entering retirement with more than 25 years of service with a single employer.
  • Boy Scout Eagle Award or Girl Scout Gold Award recipients.
  • Couples celebrating 25 or 50 years of marriage, then every five years after their 50th anniversary.

Payne noted that for a citation to be obtained, requests must be submitted to his district office at least one month in advance.


For additional information or to request a citation, please contact Payne’s Hershey office at 717-534-1323.

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