Recently, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his plan to spend $43.7 billion, an increase of $6.2 billion, or 17%, in the upcoming fiscal year.
I was not surprised to hear the governor wanted to spend even more money, but I was shocked at the proposed increase, during his 11th hour in office. In less than a year, Wolf will be out of office, and Pennsylvanians will be left paying for his spending habits for decades.
Even more troubling is that the governor based his spending plan on inaccurate revenue projections that are $5 billion higher than expectations by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). This is not the first time the governor has blatantly ignored the nonpartisan budget watchdog. About a month ago, the governor and House Democrats led a successful effort to suppress a report by the IFO on education spending that found there is no correlation between increased spending to improved test scores.
Since the governor released his spending plan, the House Appropriations Committee, of which I am a member, has been leading budget hearings to look deeper into state government’s actual cost of doing business. The result will be a budget that truly reflects our fiscal state and respects taxpayers.
Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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