HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s $36 billion budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year:
“This year’s budget proposal is simply more of the same.
“The governor is again seeking to grow state government and calling for increased spending of more than $2 billion in next year’s budget and additional borrowing of well over $1 billion. It’s too high a price to pay for our employers and taxpayers who are working hard to support their families. We need a fiscally responsible budget that respects the people who foot the bill today and in the future.
“The governor continues to call for new government programs, seeking to fund those at the expense of existing programs that have already proven their value. Once again, the governor has targeted the agriculture industry that he claims to support with more than $4.3 million in cuts. He eliminated funding for hardwoods research and promotion, livestock and consumer health protection, and the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, just to name a few. As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I am committed to restoring these vital funds before considering funding for any additional initiatives.
“It’s important to recognize this governor’s budget is nothing more than a proposal that serves as the start of the annual budget negotiation process. Later this month, the House and Senate Appropriations committees will delve into the details of the proposal to identify true needs and opportunities to save taxpayer money.
“I look forward to a final budget that will best meet the needs of rural Pennsylvania.”
Representative Martin T. Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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