Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Says House Republican Budget Plan Can Restore Fiscal Sanity in Pennsylvania
5/11/2011

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said today the budget debate has taken a solid step forward with the introduction of a House Republican plan that begins to repair eight years of an out-of-control, tax-and-spend mentality in Pennsylvania. 

“The House Republican budget plan represents a reallocation of spending priorities and sets a course to fix the financial problems that have been created through years of fiscal mismanagement,” said Everett. “Over the past eight years, budget spending increased by $8 billion, a nearly two to one increase over the rate of inflation. Spending has increased 37 percent as opposed to inflation, which grew only 21 percent over that time frame. I am pleased that this carefully reasoned, rational and disciplined plan is now in place for deliberation, and I will work for its passage and final adoption.” 

The budget plan, contained in House Bill 1485, sets a spending level of $27.3 billion and addresses concerns with the plan originally brought forward by Gov. Tom Corbett. This plan increases basic education funding by $210 million over the Corbett plan, reduces the welfare increase and adds $380 million more to higher education than the governor’s plan.  

In addition, by making targeted adjustments in many line items, funding for hospitals and human services would be restored to more than $55 million.  

Everett says talk of spending a phantom anticipated “surplus,” which is merely a revenue collection that was over the original estimate, makes no sense. 

“We still have the potential of facing the future liabilities of $8 billion in outstanding debt, a possible $800 million court judgment to repay money to the MCARE fund, increasing pension obligations and a federal unemployment compensation debt to repay,” said Everett. “It is only sane to rebuild a financial reserve to deal with these and other problems. There is no new borrowing in this budget, no new taxes and there is now a mature and sound approach to spending. This budget takes care of the core responsibilities of government.” 

State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
RepEverett.com

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