HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $45.8 billion fiscal year 2023-24 budget, which spends 5.9% more than the current year.
To view Rep. Gaydos’ comments following the governor’s budget address, click here
“The governor’s budget address to the General Assembly is a starting point. He proposes his plan and over the next several weeks we engage in hearings, which get down to the details of a final budget.
“There are positives in the budget plan, such as providing tax breaks to students, teachers, first responders and senior citizens. However, we need to find the money to pay for it, especially when we are facing a structural deficit.
“In addition, the budget would not create any new taxes. It would shift some tax burdens from one segment of society to another, which we must examine in greater detail. The governor’s proposal would increase funding for education across the board and expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to allow additional residents to qualify for much-needed assistance.
“I found this to be a very important statement the governor made during his address. He said, ‘we should not have to choose between protecting the environment and jobs – we can do both!’ I agree with the governor’s statement.
“Pennsylvania’s budget requires discipline that continues to move the Commonwealth toward a path of economic recovery, stability and success, not a budget that saddles our families, senior citizens and future generations with more debts and obligations.
“We must open the lines of communication so we can craft a fiscally responsible budget. I look forward to working with the House Appropriations Committee, my colleagues and the governor to ensure that a budget is passed that will prove to be beneficial to all Pennsylvanians.”
More information on Shapiro’s 2023-24 proposal is available at pahousegop.com
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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