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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

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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 Issues Statement on Pennsylvania State Budget Status
7/10/2015
HARRISBURG -- Rep, Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) today issued the following statement on the status of negotiations on the Pennsylvania state budget:
“The bottom line is – there is no deal yet. In fact, we are not close.

“There have been and are various staff level meetings occurring all week. In many instances, it is our staff’s perception that we have been educating the governor’s people about what was contained in the legislation he vetoed and the intricacies of the whole budget process (for instance, they say the school code doesn’t contain enough money for the governor’s wants – to which we explained that the school code is the direction sheet of how the education money is spent and that is the General Fund bill that actually says how much money there is to spend).

“It is frustrating to our staff to have to deal with these basic budget concepts rather than being able to get down the underlying substantive issues.

“At the big table meetings with the governor and legislative leaders (there were two this week), it is clear the governor’s goal is a higher income tax and an increased sales taxes. I can say with confidence that is not where the vast majority – and I mean bipartisan majority – of the General Assembly stands.

“On state public pension reform, yesterday the governor vetoed Senate Bill 1 on Thursday, the last major piece of legislation from the budget series of bills passed by the General Assembly. We found out about the veto only because the governor was being interviewed on KQV in Pittsburgh where he mentioned it.

“In doing so, the governor vetoed a pension reform plan which would have saved $11 billion over the long term without adding to our debt burden. His plan is to borrow $3 billion in the short term to pay for increased pension costs during his administration and then have that and the existing pension debt paid off during someone else’s administration (and by our children and grandchildren). His plan does little to nothing to actually reform the pension system going forward and maintains the existing and unaffordable defined benefit pension plans.

“On education spending, we understand the governor wants to put more dollars into education to fulfill his campaign pledges to his supporters (read that as unions). And, to some extent, we agree on increasing education spending and which is why we included a $370 million increase to the Department of Education in our no-tax-increase, balanced budget which he vetoed.

“To us, instead of increasing the tax burden on hard-working Pennsylvania families, employers and retirees by increasing both the sales and income taxes, we should simply get ourselves out of the booze business and dedicate the dollars we will receive from selling those licenses and state-run businesses to our schools. Instead, as a payback to his union supporters, he vetoed the wine/beer/spirits reform bill and is insisting on his unnecessary tax increases.

“It is unfortunate that the governor has chosen to lead by veto and ideology, rather than by rolling up his sleeves and getting down to the serious work of running a state. I am guessing that when he was in business as a CEO, he was able to take “his” budget to “his” board which in turn “rubber stamped” it.

“Well, I have some news for the new CEO of Pennsylvania: His board, the General Assembly, was not appointed by him to “rubber stamp” his agenda. We know he is a well-educated man, but I believe he needs to go back to high school Civics 101 and relearn that the legislative and executive are coequal branches and that his job is to work with us rather than telling us it’s “his way or the highway.”

“We in the General Assembly will continue to meet at both the staff and “big table” levels next week and for as long as it takes. In the lack of any leadership from the governor, we will do our best to lead through this process and provide Pennsylvania with a budget that works for all the citizens of Pennsylvania, not just the interest groups that got the governor elected. We in the General Assembly were elected to govern and to represent the interests of the people and communities in our districts and across the state, and that is what we have been doing and continue to do.”

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com
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