Emrick Helps Lead Fight to Get $250 Million Back Into Education Without A Tax Increase

Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) released the following statement regarding the House Republican budget proposal that was unveiled recently:   

“House Republicans are working to enact a fiscally responsible, on-time budget with no new taxes and no new borrowing.  We cannot continue the trend of spending money we don’t have. 

“We are proposing to shift budget priorities to education over welfare by cutting wasteful spending and dropping ineffective programs within the Department of Public Welfare (DPW).  Over the past few years, Auditor General Jack Wagner has identified several areas that were deemed to be rampant with fraud and abuse that totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. 

“We are facing serious financial challenges in the state budget, but I believe we can safely add back $250 million for education by shifting those funds from DPW identified as fraud and abuse.   

“This is absolutely the wrong time to raise taxes.  Pennsylvania families cannot afford to pay any more in taxes, and we in the General Assembly need to spend the money taxpayers gave us in a more efficient manner. 

“As long as I see serious budget commitments to cut welfare fraud and make state government less wasteful, I believe we can adjust the budget and invest $250 million more in education, without a tax increase. 

“House Republicans have crafted a budget to live within our means.” 

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Joshua Zimmerman

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