Youngblood: Once again the General Assembly should put ‘People 1st,’ pass responsible and honest budget that puts people before politics

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – Below is a statement from state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address today:

“Once again I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide an honest and truthful solution to our budget situation. I applaud his dedication to putting people first – putting people before politics and fully funding our schools; putting people before politics and fully funding human services; putting people before politics and being honest about our financial realities to truly protect the citizens of Pennsylvania. Ignoring the stark reality we as a state are facing and not being truthful about what is on the horizon is not ‘standing up for the taxpayers.’ It’s setting the taxpayers up for a devastating financial crisis.

"In my 20-plus years as a member of the House of Representatives, I have never been as frustrated as I am right now. We have members of the majority party who are not being completely honest with the public and are ignoring the fact that our work on a comprehensive and honest budget for the current fiscal year is not done yet. They have the nerve to argue that they are ‘standing up for taxpayers’ when, in reality, they are setting taxpayers up for a devastating fall. They would rather play political games and keep government divided than put the people of Pennsylvania first. It is time to end the political gamesmanship and do the right thing for our commonwealth.

“I once again stand with Governor Wolf to enact not only a new budget for the upcoming year, but a budget based on the bipartisan agreement last year that was derailed by a small faction of members. I stand with the governor to pass a budget that fully and fairly funds schools; supports seniors and veterans; ensures good roads, safe water and healthy communities; gives families the chance to send their kids to college; and promises a brighter future and stronger economy.

“Simply said – we need a budget that puts people first and truly protects our taxpayers by not setting them up for a financial crisis that will set the tone of our state for decades to come. We need a budget that is honest and responsible – and one that puts people before politics.”