House Democratic leaders mark budget completion

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Reps. Frank Dermody, Mike Hanna and Joe Markosek, respectively the House Democratic leader, whip and Appropriations chairman, released this statement on this week’s passage of bills necessary to complete work on the 2017-18 state budget:

 

“A large majority of the House passed a responsible spending plan back on June 30 that invests in educating the state’s children, fights the heroin and opioid addiction crisis, and positions the state well for economic growth.

 

“It’s taken almost four months, but we now have the revenue tools in place to pay for the spending approved in June. This bipartisan work was important because it shows Pennsylvania is serious about keeping the commitments we make.

 

“This was not a package of bills we would have pushed if we held the majority but the bipartisan compromise finally reached this week means we can move on to other important policy questions, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program and funding the state Unemployment Compensation call centers.

 

“We will also continue our concerted effort to pass a reasonable tax on shale gas drilling. Republican leadership has pledged ‘not to get in the way’ of bringing a shale tax up for a vote. We will hold them to that.”

 

“A large majority of the House passed a responsible spending plan back on June 30 that invests in educating the state’s children, fights the heroin and opioid addiction crisis, and positions the state well for economic growth.

 

“It’s taken almost four months, but we now have the revenue tools in place to pay for the spending approved in June. This bipartisan work was important because it shows Pennsylvania is serious about keeping the commitments we make.

 

“This was not a package of bills we would have pushed if we held the majority but the bipartisan compromise finally reached this week means we can move on to other important policy questions, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program and funding the state Unemployment Compensation call centers.

 

“We will also continue our concerted effort to pass a reasonable tax on shale gas drilling. Republican leadership has pledged ‘not to get in the way’ of bringing a shale tax up for a vote. We will hold them to that.”