HARRISBURG – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) today joined her House and Senate colleagues for a joint session of the General Assembly to hear Gov. Tom Wolf outline his budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
Pickett issued the following statement in reaction to the governor’s $36 billion spending plan:
“The governor is once again calling for more spending, more taxes and more debt, but that never results in creating jobs and improving the economy. To make our state successful, we need to provide a profitable business atmosphere that retains and attracts employers.
“The House Republican Caucus will work toward developing a spending plan for Pennsylvania that adequately funds vital social programs, basic and higher education, and infrastructure improvements.
“Technology demands grow daily, and we are falling behind in having adequate broadband service throughout the Commonwealth. It affects job growth, educational advancement, medical availability and community safety. I was disappointed the governor’s proposal lacked an initiative for improving our broadband network.”
Pickett noted that the governor’s address is just the beginning of the annual budget process. The House Appropriations Committee will conduct a series of hearings starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, to examine the details of the governor’s plan and how state agencies are spending their funding. A schedule of the hearings is available at pahousegop.com
Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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