HARRISBURG – State Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) today issued the following statement after Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly:
“I’m concerned about the deficit spending approach in this state budget proposal.
“Excessive spending in one budget year can plant the seeds for tax increases and harmful program cuts in future budgets. The level of spending contained in this proposal is unsustainable in the long term and threatens the financial security of our commonwealth.
“I am committed to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to deliver a balanced, on-time, responsible state budget that funds the core functions of government without further burdening taxpayers.
“My colleagues in the General Assembly and I will review the proposal and look for areas where we can cut costs and improve efficiency in order to maximize the effectiveness of taxpayer dollars.
“I think there are areas where we can find common ground with the governor and others where we may have to agree to disagree. I am eager to participate in the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings to review the proposal and dig into the details. The governor’s proposal is an opening offer in a negotiation process that will take place during the next several months.”
More information about Culver is available online at SenatorCulver.com. Residents can follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SenCulver for updates about legislative action in Harrisburg and news in the 27th District.
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