Cutler Comments on Corbett Budget Address
2/7/2012
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Corbett’s address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, during which he outlined his proposal for the 2012-13 budget:

“We are unfortunately in the midst of very difficult economic times, and the governor’s budget is reflective of our financial situation. The governor has requested to level fund state government because we cannot spend money we do not have. State government grew at an unprecedented and unnecessary rate during the previous administration, and we are still trying to right size state spending.


“I appreciate the governor’s focus on Pennsylvania’s employment situation. I agree that we need to continue to reform our Unemployment Compensation system. Despite reforms made last year, the system remains insolvent and in need of additional restructuring. I also am looking forward to learning more about the governor’s Jobs First PA package. Government cannot create jobs, but we can foster an environment favorable for job creation. This includes helping workers to be trained in growth industries and providing low-interest loans to help employers increase their workforce.

“One of the first areas the governor mentioned in his address was lawsuit abuse reform. He thanked the Legislature for its work to address this matter with Act 17 of 2011, which limits joint and several liability. I am hoping to continue the work we started last year on lawsuit abuse reform by getting legislation to the governor’s desk that would reduce the practice of venue shopping. Lawsuit abuse has been identified by employers as a hindrance to setting up shop in the Commonwealth. Reforming our civil justice system is vital for returning our state to an era of prosperity.

“Education will be a mixed bag in this budget. While I am pleased to know the governor wants to slightly increase basic education funding and empower each school district to allocate funding as it deems necessary, I am concerned about the proposed cuts to higher education. It is important to remember that this budget proposal is only a starting point, and there will be revisions to this plan before it is finalized.”

More information about Cutler and his legislative priorities is available at RepCutler.com or Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

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

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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