HARRISBURG – State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Bushkill Township), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued this statement on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address:
“Gov. Wolf has laid out an ambitious and intriguing spending plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year in Tuesday’s budget address before the General Assembly – ambitious in its goals and intriguing in ways he plans to pay for them. Starting this Monday, Feb. 11, the House Appropriations Committee will delve into the details of his plan and evaluate its fiscal viability. I know we have a lot of questions that need answered but consider his proposal to be a very good starting point.
“The governor has proposed what would be a record amount of public education funding and all-day kindergarten. As House co-chair of the Community College Caucus, I like his idea to create a tuition assistance program for community college students. I also endorse his increased support for career and technical education.
“I’m looking forward to the Appropriations Committee hearings. A governor’s budget address is a wish list. During the hearings, committee members evaluate what can be accomplished and what funding sources are available. In other words, we weigh what he wants against what Pennsylvania needs.
“Pennsylvania is also on better financial footing thanks to better stewardship of taxpayer dollars in recent years. I need to seed the potential impact of the governor’s proposed increase spending and reliance on borrowing, as well as from where the money will come.
“My role on the Appropriations Committee allows me to get a closer look at ‘the books,’ and this year, I think we really need to drill down and get some answers.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Hahn’s district office at (610) 746-2100.
Representative Marcia Hahn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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