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

House Republican Budget Bill Passed, Senate Consideration Next, Says Everett
5/24/2011

Another step toward restoring fiscal sanity and mature financial judgment to the state budget was taken today with the passage of the House Republican budget plan, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said today.

“With this passage, my Republican colleagues and I make it clear that we fully intend to fund our Commonwealth priorities while bringing back sound financial reasoning to a process that clearly has lost common sense in the past eight years,” said Everett. “The debate over this bill shows that there is still a hunger to spend funds that do not even exist, which is disheartening. There is still a misconception that there are so-called ‘surplus’ funds rolling in, but that is a blatant falsehood. The state revenue collections for the first 10 months of the current fiscal year exceeded the projections that were used to develop the budget in place. That does not provide us with any surplus or reserve to spend in the next fiscal year. We have more than $8 billion in outstanding debt, a huge unfunded public pension liability on the horizon and a federal unemployment compensation tab to pay. Prudent judgment demands that we prepare for this and not squander away money like a child spends an allowance.”

Everett says the budget plan contained in House Bill 1485 maintains a spending total of $27.3 billion, restores funding to basic education, higher education and the Accountability Block Grant program, in addition to making a restoration of funding for hospitals and human services. He says he is hopeful that the Senate will give this plan serious consideration.

“The state budget is determined by votes in the House and Senate and, ultimately, be signed by Governor Tom Corbett, so obviously there is a long road to be traveled yet,” said Everett. “The time has come for all of state government to listen to what our hard-working taxpayers have been saying for many months, telling us to get our financial house in order. I am hopeful that this budget plan will meet with approval in the days ahead.”

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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