New State Budget Begins Building Road to Fiscal Responsibility

Rep. Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 1485, the general appropriation budget for fiscal year 2011-12:

“Ever since I became the state representative for the 59th Legislative District, I have been calling for reducing spending and getting our financial priorities straight. I am happy to say that we have finally started to build a road that will lead Pennsylvania to being economically competitive. This budget reduces spending by more than $1 billion, combines nearly 100 line-items and also returns $50 million of the legislative surplus.

“Through some diligent work, we were able to restore some of the original cuts to higher education and to local school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Given the fact that a $4 billion deficit had to be closed, this is remarkable. We had to reverse and correct the out-of-control spending that has taken place in the past eight years. In that time frame, spending in Pennsylvania increased by $8 billion, an almost two-to-one increase over the rate of inflation.

“This new budget was achieved through a dedication of creating a plan with no tax increases and putting an end to irresponsible borrowing, which have been the hallmarks of past budgets.

“Make no mistake, this is not the end, it is only the first part of constructing a road leading to financial solvency. I remain dedicated to that effort on behalf of the taxpayers of the district and the Commonwealth.”

State Representative Mike Reese
59th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith

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