Feb. 04, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling issued the following statement regarding his budget priorities in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s annual budget address:

“While spending money on all of the programs and services that the governor has requested may sound enticing, it would not be possible without raising taxes or increasing fees. Additional spending means that the taxpayers would have to part with more of their hard-earned money.

“We do need to fund government’s core services, like basic education and programs to help seniors. However, we must balance the budget without crippling the Pennsylvanians on fixed incomes.

“Of course, the governor’s call for unrealistic spending happened each year that he’s been in office. My colleagues and I have fought back, shielding Commonwealth residents from proposals that would have cost them thousands of dollars. However, we shouldn’t have to fight for responsible spending each year.

“To better control the budget process from the start, Rep. Ryan Warner of Fayette and Westmoreland counties drafted the Taxpayer Protection Act. This bill would tie state spending to the rate of inflation and population growth. By better managing our spending, we will be better able to maintain a low tax burden, which would keep taxpayer money where it belongs – in their pockets. I look forward to supporting this commonsense legislation when it’s up for a vote.”

Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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