Feb. 04, 2020
HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal:
“I’m shocked and dismayed by the amount of borrowing the governor has proposed. I believe it is at a level never before seen in the Commonwealth’s history. Instead of asking for money now, he wants to mortgage our children’s and grandchildren’s future to borrow $5.5 billion to fund his Restore Pennsylvania plan and other initiatives.
“The governor’s plan is just plain lazy. He took the current year budget and just added $2 billion in spending without any thought or review. In addition, for the second straight year, the governor has overspent by half a billion dollars despite signing the state budget into law. He is totally disregarding the legislative process, which is becoming a habit for him.
“Our economy is booming. We have record low unemployment. Instead of adding more spending, we should be putting money in the Rainy Day Fund and living within our means to respect taxpayers. However, this governor wants to spend every penny belonging to the taxpayers and then some.
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to delving further into the details of his proposal and creating a budget that will not bankrupt generations to come.”
For more information on Wolf’s 2020-21 proposal, visit pahousegop.com
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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