Krueger-Braneky: It’s time to put people before politics

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address at the Capitol today, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, issued the following statement calling on legislators to put people before politics:

“Pennsylvania is currently facing a crisis that is, sadly, no fault of anybody but ideologues in the state legislature who would rather put politics before their job of serving the people and simply say no to any and all compromise. This mindset has put our state on the path to a structural deficit that looks to approach $2.5 billion, buoyed by years of poor budgeting and the all-too-common smoke-and-mirrors tactics we saw under the previous administration.

“For the second time in two years, Governor Wolf has put forth a budget that is responsible, attainable and will put Pennsylvania on the right path for years to come. We must fully and fairly invest in our schools and our children’s educational needs around the state. Education has been a top concern for Pennsylvanians for years, and there is no reason that we shouldn’t be following the governor’s lead in working toward giving our children the education they deserve.

“As legislators, we have a responsibility to make the hard decisions that are necessary for Pennsylvania to succeed. If anything has been shown while negotiating the governor’s yet-to-be-passed first budget, it’s that many in the General Assembly would rather play politics than show true leadership. Their refusal to compromise and their acceptance of the status quo is what got us to this point, and if there is no change in their attitude Pennsylvania will not have a balanced, responsible budget.

"Intransigence is unacceptable. Governor Wolf is working to get a budget passed that fixes our deficit while still providing our children, seniors and neediest citizens the help they need to get ahead. I hope that many of my fellow legislators will stand up, put petty partisanship aside, and work together to exhibit the leadership and responsibility that is necessary to honestly balance Pennsylvania’s budget."