HARRISBURG – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) joined fellow members of the House and Senators to listen to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal. In response to the governor’s $36.6 billion 2020-21 spending proposal, a $2.05 billion increase over the enacted current budget, Schmitt issued the following statement:
“The governor has never made it a secret that he wants to spend more. What he seems to miss is that if there is a spending increase, taxes would need to increase as well. It’s simple math.
“However, I am not prepared to increase taxes on hard-working residents of Blair County, or any Pennsylvanian for that matter. Though this is just my second budget as a state representative, I have learned quite quickly that we can hold the line on taxes and still provide core services to residents. In fact, House Republicans have increased PreK-12 education by $3.8 billion all while standing against tax increases.
“Since I took office, we were able to deposit $320 million into the Rainy Day Fund and we are projected to make another $300 million deposit again this year. What this shows is tax revenue actually does increase without raising taxes. Instead, we allowed the economy to grow naturally without large-scale government interference, including tax increases.
“Today marks the unofficial first day of the budget season. I look forward in the coming weeks to examining the governor’s proposal and working to formulating a budget that is responsible, protects taxpayers’ wallets and benefits all the people of the Commonwealth.”
For more information on Schmitt and his legislative priorities, please visit RepLouSchmitt.com
Representative Lou Schmitt
79th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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