(Dec 23, 2015)
HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement after Republican leaders moved to adjourn the House without taking up a bill that would end the nearly six-month state budget impasse:
“My colleagues and I were ready to vote in favor of a compromise budget today, ending the budget impasse that has gone on for far too long. The vote would have increased our investment in the Parkland Schools District by $1 million and in Allentown School District by $8.5 million. Today, there was a coalition of the willing — comprised of Republicans and Democrats — ready to end this impasse and restore the vital funding our counties, human service providers and nonprofits need to operate. Instead, the real people who depend on the General Assembly are left out in the cold, struggling to get by.
“Unfortunately, Republican leaders in the House decided to adjourn session today for some unknown reason. They couldn’t even tell us when the House is anticipated to return to complete this important work. This is the worst possible Christmas gift we could give to Pennsylvania.
“While I am upset at and embarrassed by the actions of House leadership today, I remained committed to doing whatever is needed to get a budget which moves the state forward to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk so he can sign it into law. I urge my Republican colleagues to return to Harrisburg so we can get this done.
“At the beginning of the year, House leaders pledged not to r Read more