Everett Joins House Colleagues in Calling for Legislative Action on State Budget

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today joined more than 45 House Republican members in sending a letter to the House Democratic leader and appropriations chairman asking them to lay aside other legislative priorities and focus on passing the state budget by the June 30 deadline.”As in years past, the governor and House Democrats have been setting the state up for failure by not starting to work on the state budget until the end of June,” said Everett. “These tactics only create a crisis mentality and do nothing to help fix the budget issues the state is currently facing.

“Instead of letting this pattern continue, I felt it was important to send this letter in hopes of convincing the House Democrats to start the process now when we have several months to really hash out the budget details,” Everett added. “Because of the tight time deadline, rank-and-file members have had relatively no say in the finalized state budget and it is time that the ways of the past are stopped.”

To ensure that rank-and-file members along with citizens across Pennsylvania have ample opportunity to view the contents of the state budget, Everett and his colleagues are asking that each standing committee be able to review the portion of the proposed state budget that is within their realm of expertise and knowledge.

“In previous years, I have had no time to review the budget before voting on the final version. With the Commonwealth facing at least a $2.6 billion budget, this practice cannot continue,” Everett said. “It is even more imperative during these difficult economic times that each committee reviews the budget line by line to weed out underperforming programs or wasteful spending that can be cut to help fill the budget deficit.

“With only three months to go before the General Assembly’s June 30 deadline to pass the state budget, time is running short and we must take action immediately,” Everett concluded

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