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Kauffman Says Governor’s Budget Proposal Reflects Economic Realities

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin/Cumberland) today issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his 2011-12 state budget proposal: 

“First and foremost, Governor Corbett’s budget includes no tax increases and avoids budgetary gimmicks, while forcing state government to live within its means just like the families of Pennsylvania must do every day. 

“This budget will not be popular to some; however, there are very difficult decisions that have to be made.  As Governor Corbett said during his address, “We have to spend less, because we have less to spend.’  This is truly a reality-based budget, which highlights the fact that we have been spending billions of dollars more than we are receiving in tax revenues. 

“Now that the federal stimulus dollars have expired, state government can only spend what it has.  Governor Corbett is attempting to preserve the core functions of government, while making some serious cuts in areas that will impact many of us. 

“I am reviewing this budget critically, but with an open mind, because we must take drastic measures to turn our economy around.  I applaud the governor’s courage in taking some very bold steps to improve the fiscal health of the Commonwealth. 

“I am very concerned that while the governor’s proposed budget chose to drastically cut areas such as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) would receive a funding increase.  Although this budget proposal is not the final spending plan, there are some areas where I suspect there will be changes over the next several months.  The administration may not have a full grasp of the waste, fraud and abuse within DPW, but the House Republican Caucus is working on a comprehensive package of legislation to address the misuse of tax dollars within DPW to the benefit more worthy programs and services.” 

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Tim Eller

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