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July 8, 2012
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives:
Pursuant to Section 5 of Article 63 of the Amendments to the Constitution, I am today signing House Bill 4200, “An Act Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2013 for the Maintenance of the Departments, Boards, Commissions, Institutions and Certain Activities of the Commonwealth, for Interest, Sinking Fund and Serial Bond Requirements and for Certain Permanent Improvements,” and returning certain portions to you for reconsideration.
The Fiscal Year 2013 budget makes a number of critical investments that will help prepare our children for the workplaces of tomorrow, grow our economy, and keep our communities safe.
First, this budget provides historic state funding levels for aid to school districts for K-12 education. The budget also supports new investments to address the gap in performance among students across the state, particularly those who live in Gateway Cities. I am also proud to note that this budget adopts meaningful reforms to our state community college system, ensuring greater accountability of each campus while making targeted investments that help colleges better target coursework and training to their regional economies and workforce demands. Finally, this budget continues investments I have proposed to reduce youth violence.
While I am very pleased to sign these and many other funding and language items into law, there are a limited number of appropriations and sections that I disapprove or believe should not be enacted without further amendment.
I approve the remainder of this Act.