HARRISBURG – During a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf gave his yearly budget address. Like in years past, he’s asking for increased spending as part of his $36.6 billion budget plan, an increase of $2.05 billion over the enacted current budget. In response to the address, Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) issued the following statement:
“Since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has consistently made demands during his yearly budget address for increased spending in nearly every area of state government. This year was no exception. What the governor didn’t talk about in-depth were the increases in taxes and the borrowing that would accompany his desire to spend more.
“It’s always easy for government to come up with ways to spend money. It’s a completely different matter to actually find the money to cover the increases in spending.
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings so I can question officials who receive taxpayer dollars to ensure money is being spent in the most responsible and effective way possible. I believe we can come up with a budget that is agreeable to policymakers and, most importantly, respects all taxpayers.”
Representative Jesse Topper
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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