HARRISBURG ¬– The House today approved a fiscally responsible budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that respects taxpayers’ finances. In response, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:
“Pandemic shutdowns financially hurt hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians due to the loss of employment during the business closures. The budget we approved today includes no new taxes or borrowing, which will protect taxpayers both now and in the future.
“This budget, which continues to fund public health and community safety, as well as agriculture and individuals with intellectual disabilities, carries the state through to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2021. However, due to billions of dollars in lost revenue, we made necessary reductions in state government operating budgets and expenses.
“The pandemic brought financial uncertainty to nearly everyone in Pennsylvania, from students and families, to seniors and blue-collar workers, and all branches of government. The spending reductions we voted for today were needed to balance the General Fund budget. Pennsylvanians can also better prepare their own personal finances moving forward knowing there are no new state taxes included in this budget.”
Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives