The following statement was issued today by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), about Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed $27.3 billion budget:

"The spending plan represents a good initial proposal and embodies a lot of tough choices. Reductions have been made across the board to every department. The loss of the stimulus money is what caused Governor Tom Corbett to hold the line on spending. I am pleased he was able to keep his campaign pledge and offer Pennsylvania taxpayers a budget that has no new taxes.

"The is a blueprint for the tough job we have ahead of us, and gives us a framework that will become clearer as hearings are held in the coming weeks and cabinet officials are asked what their priorities are.

"During this time, I will be meeting with people in the 122nd District to hear their opinions about the budget and the tough work we have ahead of us. Some of the reductions are difficult, but I would like to make sure we have a budget that does not increase taxes, creates economic growth and an atmosphere where Pennsylvanians can create jobs, and still serves the people by funding essential government services."