(Dec 11, 2015)
HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today joined fellow Pennsylvania House Democrats in the Capitol to call on House Speaker Mike Turzai to immediately return the House to session in order to finalize work on a state budget.
“Pennsylvania has now been operating for over 160 days without a budget, but for some reason the Speaker adjourned the House unexpectedly yesterday. I was looking forward to working with my colleagues today in an attempt to find compromise to end this impasse; instead Speaker Turzai gave us the day off,” Matzie said. “This is despite that fact that municipalities, schools and individuals who rely on human service providers suffer every day the impasse continues.
“This is unacceptable, but particularly confounding, as the House could have potentially voted on a budget bill and multiple code bills today to move the process along. Instead, we stand here and wait.”
Senate Bill 1073, a General Appropriations bill that contains the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote on Monday and was received in the House Tuesday. No action has been taken on the bill since then.
“In the 164 days since the budget should have been passed, the House has only been in session for 34 days,” Matzie said. “The people of this commonwealth expect and deserve better, which is why I am calling on Speaker Turzai to call the House back into se Read more