WILLIAMSPORT – Calling the tax hike campaign tactic of Gov. Tom Wolf “disingenuous at best,” Reps. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Lycoming) and Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) today said it is time for the governor to stop demanding more money from hard-working taxpayers and get to work with the leaders of the House and Senate to come up with a realistic budget
Divided government may entertain people who watch the news, but it frustrates Pennsylvanians who desire solutions without bickering. We understand our constituents’ dissatisfaction with the budget impasse in Harrisburg and are committed to working toward solutions that benefit hard-working taxpayers who desire “government that works.”
The citizens of Pennsylvania had great hopes that Gov. Tom Wolf would be different. He was supposed to be a governor committed to compromise.
On June 30, the Pennsylvania House and Senate sent a balanced budget proposal – with historic investments in education and reforms to the state’s pension and liquor systems – to Gov. Tom Wolf. Unlike the governor’s budget proposal, which would have raised a total of $12.7 billion in new taxes after the second year, the General Assembly’s proposal did not include any new or increased taxes.
When he took office in January, Gov. Tom Wolf promised Pennsylvanians a “government that works.” Approximately six months later, Pennsylvania stands on the edge of a potential government shutdown. How could so much go so wrong so quickly?
Because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to veto the entire state budget presented to him by the General Assembly on June 30, nearly $13 billion in state funds is being withheld from state agencies and organizations that deliver critical services.
Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne)
The clock continues to tick. We’re in the middle of July, and while most of your lives haven’t been interrupted by it, Pennsylvania still has no state budget. It’s been nearly two weeks since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a state budget approved by the General Assembly. That plan would have spent $30.18 billion, it didn’t raise taxes, it gave more money for our schools, and it provided for our Commonwealth’s essential needs, including public safety and various human services.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to make it easier for owners of life insurance policies and annuities to receive their documents more efficiently was signed into law on July 10, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), author of the measure.
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) that will streamline certification and licensing processes for veterans and help match them with good-paying jobs faster was recently signed into law.
HARRISBURG – If an agreement is not met, Gov. Tom Wolf’s full budget veto will withhold billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds from organizations that serve the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
HARRISBURG -- Legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to protect animals from being used for illegal fighting has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Despite winning election last November, Gov. Tom Wolf has never left the campaign trail. He remains focused on scoring political points instead of governing.
HARRISBURG – Two bridges in McKean and Potter counties will be named to honor area veterans under a new state law, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).
HARRISBURG— Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) announced today that his bill to clarify existing law, cut government red tape and promote investment was signed into law today by Gov. Wolf, becoming Act 31 of 2015.
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) had his legislation signed into law to close a loophole in the reporting requirements of individuals who have been deemed sexually violent predators.
YORK TOWNSHIP – Supported by House members from three neighboring counties, members of the York County House Republican delegation today called out Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference at the York County School of Technology for his the role in the current budget standoff. The event took place 10 days after the General Assembly sent to Wolf’s desk a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that increased school funding without the need to raise taxes, and one day after the governor’s veto of much-needed pension reform legislation (Senate Bill 1).
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-16), Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) have issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s planned veto of pension reform legislation:
HARRISBURG – Continuing his campaign-style tactics to leverage public support for his $12.7 billion in new taxes—which didn’t gain a single vote on the House floor, today Gov. Tom Wolf visited Hambright Elementary School in Lancaster. The Lancaster County House Republican delegation implores the governor to stop wasting time discussing a plan that has no support and instead focus on coming to an agreement that represents the needs of the Commonwealth’s taxpayers and students.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s full budget veto withholds nearly $13 billion in state funds from state agencies and state government service providers who are responsible for providing services ranging from educating children to assisting victims of rape and domestic violence.