Pashinski ready to return to Harrisburg after line-item veto on budget

WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, released this statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that he will line-item veto the budget passed by the Senate last week:

“While our schools, counties and human services will finally receive funding to sustain their operations, Pennsylvania is still without a fiscally responsible budget. The governor’s action to line-item veto was a result of the Republicans failing to put the people of Pennsylvania first and pass a real budget -- a real budget that actually pays our bills, appropriately funds our schools, addresses our budget debt and puts Pennsylvania on a stable and fiscally responsible foundation for this year and next.

“That real budget was presented last week in the House and ready for a vote when the Republicans up and left Harrisburg without finishing their job. It was irresponsible and reckless for them to leave town without passing the budget agreed to by the other caucuses and the governor.

“My Democratic colleagues and I are ready to spend whatever time and energy is necessary to pass a legitimate, honest and fiscally responsible budget. So I am asking the people of Pennsylvania to contact House Speaker Mike Turzai and all of our leaders to demand that we return to the Capitol and get the job done post haste.”