Phillips-Hill: State budget must make smart long-term financial decisions

HARRISBURG – Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) released the following statement in response to the budget address Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered today to a joint session of the General Assembly:

“Today’s budget address is the official beginning of the state budget process, so it’s important to remember what we heard today is simply the desire of one person. Before the budget is finalized, 253 others will weigh in on it. There is a lot of opportunity to make necessary adjustments so we’re using tax dollars wisely – a critical duty that I take very seriously. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will be even more directly involved in the budget process, and I look forward to using my position to defend the hard-working families of the commonwealth.

“Any realistic budget proposal must balance providing core government services with the ability of taxpayers to fund them. I am concerned about how the financial decisions we make now will impact us years down the road, particularly because the Independent Fiscal Office is pointing to a fiscal cliff. We must be responsible enough to thoughtfully consider the lasting implications our decisions will have on our future financial health and ultimately the trajectory of Pennsylvania. That’s what taxpayers deserve from their public servants.”

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