McCarter: We must do better for Pennsylvania
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the 2015-2016 state budget:
"Governor Wolf made the right decision in vetoing a smoke and mirrors budget that includes more one-time funding sources the likes of which we’ve been seeing for the past four years. The Republican leadership team did not confer with Democrats to craft this budget, but it certainly seems like they took a page out of former Governor Corbett’s playbook.
"This sham of a budget bill does nothing to restore the devastating education cuts Governor Corbett enacted upon taking office. It doesn’t ask the Marcellus Shale drillers to pay their fair share for having access to one of Pennsylvania’s largest natural resources. It doesn’t enact real property tax reform to help Pennsylvania’s middle class and senior citizens stay in their homes. It swings and misses on most of what the people of Pennsylvania want.
"Now that the governor has vetoed this budget, I encourage the speaker of the House and the majority leaders to come back to the negotiating table and work to find a middle ground in good faith. As elected officials, we know we cannot simply disagree and walk away from discussion. The people of Pennsylvania deserve better than what this budget offered and I’m proud we finally have a governor willing to work and give it to them."