Mar. 07, 2023

HARRISBURG – In response to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget address today, House Republican Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) issued the following statement:

“After hearing Shapiro’s budget address today, I was encouraged by several of his proposals. His proposal to increase funding for career and technical education and workforce development is something I have been an advocate for since being elected. He also proposed added funding for agriculture and committed to permitting reform.

“However, I do have concerns regarding a few of his proposals for the budget. My primary worry is the fact that the governor is seeking to dip into the state’s savings account to cover his spending plan. Everyone who has ever made a household budget knows that relying on savings to cover your costs is not a sustainable option. The Rainy Day Fund that Republicans worked extremely hard to build up was never meant to be worked into every year’s budget until depleted.

“Shapiro made numerous promises today, some of which I support and others I find concerning. As vice chairman of the House Republican Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings and to holding the governor accountable to the promises he made to the people of the Commonwealth.”

Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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