Schlossberg supports 2017-18 state spending plan

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, offered the following statement about his vote for the $32 billion 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the state House of Representatives and heads to the governor’s desk.

“This budget makes difficult choices with limited resources. That being said, it makes major investments in basic and early education, which is so very important to every child in Pennsylvania. It also provides stable funding for county human services programs, which if cut as originally passed by House Republicans in April, would have led to higher taxes at the local level and harmed many of our most vulnerable residents. Furthermore, it level-funds numerous economic development programs which will create and retain family-sustaining jobs in Pennsylvania. While I would have liked to have seen greater investment in all of these areas, budgeting and politics is about what is possible, and within those realms, I think these spending numbers are fair.

“All of this being said, what is most important now is to decide on how to responsibly pay for the spending decisions that we have made. Many representatives, including myself, have sought responsible ways of meeting our obligations and investing in Pennsylvania’s future without impacting middle-class residents, including a fair tax on Marcellus Shale, changes to our tax system that require more from out-of-state corporations, and a progressive income tax that asks those who have more to contribute more. I do not want to see this year’s budget balanced on more false hope, inflated numbers and borrowed dollars. At some point, we have to do the job that the people sent us here to do: Make difficult choices and govern responsibly. I hope this is the year that we do just that,” Schlossberg said.