– Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his final budget address on Tuesday in front of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Like years prior Wolf has proposed a budget that spends excessive amounts of money that are simply not realistic for the Commonwealth, Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) said.
“While I appreciate that the governor has decided not to propose raising taxes, we must recognize that he is simply spending money we don’t have,” said Mizgorski. “We need a budget that promotes economic recovery from the financial ruin the pandemic caused, and one that sets us up for success long after Wolf is out of office.”
A $43.7 billion budget for 2022-23 was proposed by Wolf. That is an increase of $6.2 billion, or 16.6%, over the current year.
The House Appropriations Committee will hold a series of budget hearings beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15, where they will hear testimony from each state department to understand what is truly needed. A proposal will then be created and presented to the full House for consideration.
“I am confident that we will create and pass a budget that is fiscally responsible and is good for all Pennsylvanians,” Mizgorski concluded.
The budget is expected to be passed no later than June 30.