Cutler Warns of Future Budget Crisis Resulting from Current Budget Agreement

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) released the following statement regarding the passage of a state spending plan in House Bill 2279:


“The adage ‘don’t write a check you can’t cash’ is embodied in the budget we debated tonight.  This budget is unrealistic, irresponsible and unsustainable.  How can we increase spending by even a single dollar when we are ending the current fiscal year with a more than $1 billion deficit?  This spending will set us up for future tax increases.


“We are approaching the federal stimulus funding cliff, and this budget fails to apply the brakes on the Rendell spending machine.  Next year we will fall off that cliff without the parachute of federal dollars and we will land in a $3 billion structural deficit.  We knew from the first day we accepted federal money that it had an expiration date, yet we continue to ignore the reality that this funding will not be available in the 2011-12 fiscal year.  This budget should have done more to restrain spending because $28 billion is not sustainable.


“I am disappointed that the $850 million in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages, which has not been allocated to Pennsylvania by Congress, is included in this budget.  I do not believe in budgeting based on the hope of this funding coming through.  If this money is never approved, there will have to be future cuts to balance the budget.  It is time to face reality and budget based on certainties, not on tentative money.”


Rep. Bryan Cutler

100th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

 (717) 786-4551

(717) 783-6424

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley or (717) 783-8063

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