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Rep. Ortitay Comments on the Latest House Effort to Finalize the State Budget

Mar. 16, 2016  Download

Lawmakers took action Wednesday in the state capitol to provide essential funding for the remainder of the 2015/2016 state budget. The current year’s fiscal plan remains unresolved due to the Governor’s line-item vetoes of more than $6 billion for basic and higher education, as well as money for the Department of Corrections and agriculture programs. The House and Senate put forth the supplemental budget legislation to address funding holes created by the Governor’s vetoes and restore state funding for these programs. The funding bill approved today provides for a 200 million dollar increase for basic education, a 5 percent increase for higher education, and ensures that no schools will close in the Commonwealth. Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny & Washington) said it is past time to complete the budget before local schools are forced to close their doors..

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Rep. Ortitay Comments on Governor’s Calls for Increased Taxation

Mar. 11, 2016  Download

House Republican lawmakers from the Pittsburgh area are questioning the rationale behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s demand for massive tax increases, including a call for a retroactive Personal Income Tax hike as part of his annual budget address. The group of legislators was joined by a number of small businessmen who stood in opposition to Gov. Wolf’s job-crushing proposals. House Republicans also called on Wolf to release education funds to prevent the closure of public schools in the state. Wolf cut $3 billion in basic education funding as part of his partial veto of the House-passed budget. The lawmakers said the governor should seek to close the budget deficit by reducing spending, instead of raising taxes.

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Rep. Ortitay Comments on Governor’s Budget Address

Feb. 09, 2016  Download

House lawmakers offered their reactions to Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today in an address before a joint session of the General Assembly. The governor’s budget plan would increase taxes on working Pennsylvanians and employers by $3.6 billion and spending by 10 percent, or $3 billion, and calls for $33.3 billion in total spending. To support his proposed spending plan the governor has proposed 15 new tax increases, including a retroactive increase in the Personal Income Tax on Pennsylvania workers.