Legislators' Take on the Budget
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett presented his annual state budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday and proposed $28.4 billion in state spending. Following the governor's address, Reps. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108) and Kurt Masser (R-108) made the following statements:
"The outline that the governor has provided us with is a good starting point," said Masser. "This budget addresses many significant issues currently facing our state, including the ongoing public pension crisis, funding for transportation and infrastructure, and the possibility of privatizing our state liquor stores. With so many issues added to the budget, I am sure the upcoming weeks and months will be full of information-gathering and further discussions. I was also encouraged to see that this proposal invests more funding into our state human services programs so we are able to better provide services to some of our most vulnerable citizens."
"It is important to keep in mind that the governor's budget address marks the beginning of the annual budget process," said Culver. "This process will take months and will include the collaboration of the governor and House and Senate chambers. I am pleased that the governor has recognized the importance of early learning and the unmet needs of the disabled community. There are several pressing and difficult issues that must be addressed, including transportation funding, pension reform and the proposed sale of the state liquor store system. It is imperative that we move forward in a deliberate fashion to make sure we only spend within our means and that the budget is on time. I encourage and look forward to hearing the concerns and opinions of my constituents."