HARRISBURG – The 2023-24 budget request presented by Gov. Josh Shapiro today calls for unsustainable spending levels, but the real work of developing a reasonable spending plan can now start, according to Rep. Joe Kerwin (R-Dauphin).
Shapiro shared with the General Assembly his concept for a $45.8 billion budget, which would represent a 5.9% increase in expenditures from the current year. The proposal, if adopted, would deplete the state of its reserves and Rainy Day Fund in just a few years.
“We have worked so hard to grow the state’s savings accounts to prepare for future economic downturns. Now is not the time to tap into those accounts simply to fulfill this governor’s appetite for overspending,” Kerwin said. “That said, now that we have moved beyond the governor’s budget address, we can hear funding requests from state agencies and develop a balanced budget that holds the line on taxes. I look forward to working with the governor to ensure some of the worthwhile programs he highlighted can be appropriately funded without raiding our savings.”
The state budget must be in place by July 1.
Representative Joseph Kerwin
125th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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