Budget bottleneck a disservice to Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address today:

"Unfortunately, today’s budget address comes at a time when we still are without a budget for the previous fiscal year. That is a disservice to all Pennsylvanians and shows a serious gap in leadership in state government. We now have two budgets on our plate and are stuck in a static position because some members of the General Assembly would rather put politics before people.

"Far too many of my colleagues are satisfied with the status quo. They have buried their head in the sand and refuse to budge on issues that a majority of Pennsylvanians want, such as increased education funding and a restoration of the cuts our health and human service providers saw during the previous administration. Frankly, another year of the status quo will send our state down a path to ruin.

"We cannot continue down this path. The credit downgrades and the overcrowded classrooms and the lack of essential human services are only digging Pennsylvania into a deeper and deeper quagmire. We have a responsibility to balance our budget, close the structural deficit that has been steadily growing due to smoke and mirrors budgets and properly fund the essential services that Pennsylvanians need.

"I implore my fellow members of the General Assembly to stop kicking the can down the road and show true leadership in passing this budget. Pennsylvania can’t continue down the path they’ve chosen."