A Budget Is Not a Wish List, Knowles Says
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) issued the following statement after the governor’s budget address on Tuesday:

“Thanks to the House Republican Caucus and our responsible budgeting efforts in the past, our state is not facing a gaping budget deficit at the beginning of this budget cycle. We will continue to keep the taxpayers in mind when crafting and considering our budgetary policies this fiscal year.

“When it comes to putting our state budget together, I believe it should done be the same way it is in so many households across the state. You start with how much you will bring in and then figure out how much you can spend. So often, the state budget becomes a wish list. After creating that list, they then go out looking for tax dollars to fund it. That’s not the way it should be.

“Time and time again, I hear from people that they are ‘taxed out.’ I was hoping the governor would include property tax elimination in his address. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

“Throughout this budget cycle, we need to focus on improving the state’s economic climate to help workers get good-paying jobs and careers and continue to fix our fractured workforce training system. Additionally, we want to ensure that our students are graduating from school ready to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Now is the time to end the cycle of poverty through job growth, to make government more efficient and to lead by example by living within our means.”

For more information about Knowles’ budgetary priorities, or any other legislative topic, contact his district office in Tamaqua at 570-668-1240, or in Hamburg at 610-562-3411. Information can also be found online at RepKnowles.com or Facebook.com/RepKnowles.

Representative Jerry Knowles
124th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
RepKnowles.com / Facebook.com/RepKnowles

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