Budget Fails to Meet the Proper Priorities, Says Hennessey

Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the state budget for fiscal year 2010-11: 

“I could not support the state budget as put forward in House Bill 2279 due to the fact that there is too much spending, and the priorities placed in it were out of balance. This budget relies on federal funds that most likely will not be approved, and that only does a grave disservice to the residents of Pennsylvania. 

“The raising of the film tax credit to $60 million, while making cuts in state parks and libraries and only very modest increases in mental health services, makes little sense, in addition to cutting agriculture, our largest industry in Pennsylvania. The film tax credit would be acceptable in good economic times, but our current downturn shows no signs of letting up, and we’ll have serious consequences to face in the coming months and years as the deficit continues to rise.  The federal stimulus funds are gone after this year, and we face a $4 billion to $5 billion structural deficit in fiscal year 2011-12.  

“There is an increase in basic education spending; but that $250 million increase is based on the $850 million in federal FMAP funding that may not come from Washington. This budget does not pass the test of good government. While it does finally begin to rein in the out-of-control increases this administration is noted for and reduces the projected spending by $1 billion, it leaves us with many financial challenges in the days, months and years ahead.” 

Rep. Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(610) 380-8600
(717) 787-3431
Contact:  Raymond Smith
(717) 705-1834

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