PA House Republican Leaders respond to Democrats' Budget Proposal

Speaker Cutler:
“Gov. Wolf may see today’s address as a coronation of his time in office, but for the eighth straight year, it falls on the Legislature to rein in calls to dramatically increase state spending.

“Our caucus has consistently supported data-driven, targeted investments to move our Commonwealth forward as we once again recognize this budget is not about the man making the requests, but about the people who will ultimately have to pay the bill.”

Leader Benninghoff:
“The irresponsible plan proposed today increases spending by $17 million per day. If I were not actually here to see it, I would not believe such a terrible idea would actually be put forward by this governor.

“We literally cannot afford to bring Washington, D.C.-style runaway spending policies to Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, that is exactly what Pennsylvanians were offered from Gov. Wolf today – more of the same Biden-style Build Back Broke policies that have brought this country record inflation, higher gas prices and significant labor shortages.

“After years of hard work by Republicans in this General Assembly to ensure these kinds of nonsensical proposals from the administration do not become law, it is surprising Gov. Wolf still just does not get it.”

Chairman Saylor:
“When we enacted the current year budget in June, there was widespread agreement that we needed to take a multi-year approach to manage our state finances over the next several years. Now the governor seems to have drifted off into a fiscal fantasy land where there is zero concern for our financial footing after he is gone. The governor’s massive spending spree proposed today will squander the entirety of our reserves and leave the next governor with massive budget deficits, with no reserves to combat it, and would guarantee the need to raise taxes.”

Pennsylvania is on a solid financial footing now because of strong Republican leadership that has stood up to every single one of Wolf's bad policies.

Over the last seven years, Pennsylvania's legislative Republicans have delivered on:

• Leading with sound fiscal management that made targeted investments to keep Pennsylvania growing at a sustainable pace;
• Making historic investments in the state’s Rainy Day Fund;
• Increasing per pupil public education spending while enrollment is declining;
• Making significant investments in school choice initiatives;
• Passing comprehensive pension reform legislation;
• Delivering on choice in wine and beer sales.

And all during the pandemic, House Republicans were the ones standing up for small business and students, while also prudently using federal and state funds to provide relief to hospitals, front-line workers, long-term care facilities, and critical transportation infrastructure projects.

But now.......

Gov. Wolf and the legislative Democrats have offered a PA Budget proposal that includes a mind-boggling 16.6% increase in state spending, which rounds out to $1,055 per every working Pennsylvanian in new state spending. That equates to $17 million in new spending for each day of the fiscal year.

In short, the Democrats' budget proposal was developed in a fiscal fantasy land that does not take into account future year needs.

If Wolf's budget proposal is scored using the Independent Fiscal Office's official estimates, his plan leaves Pennsylvania's next governor with a nearly $800 million deficit.

In the video below, PA House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor responds to the outrageous spending proposal offered by Wolf and the legislative Democrats.

Here are more details.

Summary of Wolf's Massive Spending Proposals

IFO Revenue and Expenditure Estimates with Wolf's Budget Proposal (the Truth)

Wolf's General Fund Financial Statement (apparently created with special voodoo math)

Wolf's Proposed Budget - Tracking Run

5 Year Current Law Revenue Estimate Comparison

Governor's Proposed 2022-2023 Basic Education Funding & Special Education Funding Formulas Compared to 2021-22

Next Step

PA House Budget Hearings to Investigate the Governor's Plan