Cutler Backs Balanced House Budget

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) released this statement today following the House’s passage of a revised budget plan: 

“The House budget proposal is a responsible spending package that is sustainable, sensible and will meet the needs of Pennsylvania.  It is not identical to the governor’s proposed budget because we prioritized more funding for public and higher education by addressing welfare fraud, but it does live within the governor’s spend number of $27.3 billion.  I believe our modifications correspond to the concerns I have heard from residents and represent a rational compromise. 

“There has been talk about spending the anticipated surplus from the current budget year, but I am not in favor of doing so until I am certain this is sustainable growth and not a one-time windfall.  It is also important to remember the other obligations Pennsylvania is facing, such as the $3.7 billion debt the Commonwealth owes to the federal government for unemployment compensation; a court order to repay $850 million taken from the MCare fund for General Fund spending; the state’s underfunded multi-billion dollar pension obligation; and unresolved questions about how to provide for $3 billion in annual transportation funding needs.  At this point, our known liabilities outweigh our projected returns so I believe it is best to hold these funds in reserve until we have more solid and actionable information. 

“Although the budget has cleared the House, negotiations will continue with the governor’s office and the Senate until we reach an agreement.  I cannot predict what our final budget will look like, but I believe it will be passed by the June 30 deadline.  This is one detail to which we are all committed.” 

State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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