Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone
127th Legislative District
Berks County

Caltagirone releases statement on 'no' vote on state budget

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, released the following statement upon voting no on the state budget bill, H.B. 2328, for the 2014-15 fiscal year:

"This budget is a disappointment. It's a disappointment for our public schools, it's a disappointment to the hundreds of thousands of people waiting for health insurance and it's a disappointment for the citizens of this Commonwealth who go to work every day and barely make ends meet.

"The fallout from the billions in education cuts continues to plague our public schools. It's time to get the tens of thousands of school employees who lost their jobs back to work and back into the classroom teaching our children. It's time to get back to basics by adequately funding basic education.

"Pennsylvania citizens need to come first. It is not the working class, students or seniors on fixed incomes that are protected under this budget. I have always worked across party lines and believe compromise usually produces the best results for the people of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, this budget is nothing more than one-time-fixes and a Band-Aid approach to budgeting. If you ran your house like this, the walls would be crumbling.

"Balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable among us is not something to be proud of. It is not the working class, students or seniors on fixed incomes who are protected in this budget, it is the big corporations and natural gas drillers who should be the ones sharing the burden. This is a giveaway to them.

"This budget does not address the most fundamental and basic principles of fairness and equality," Caltagirone said.

Thomas Caltagirone

127th Legislative District
Berks County
(610) 376-1529