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 Supports Elimination of WAM and Additional Spending Cuts to Balance Budget
8/12/2010

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today said that he supports a House Republican effort to eliminate walking around money (WAMS) from the state budget, and make other cuts in order to balance the state spending plan.

 

“This budget was unsustainable from the start, and the fact that the WAM money was even included defies common sense and it must be eliminated,” said Everett. “For the past several years, I have been calling for leaner and more sensible budgeting. It is unconscionable to me that we have to go back in and make cuts to the budget now. That is what should have happened in the first place.”

 

A letter from several members of the House Republican caucus was sent to Gov. Ed Rendell this week, specifically outlining budget items considered to be WAMs. The total elimination of WAMs would result in nearly $100 million that could be cut from the current budget. The state budget hole is approximately $280 million following the passage of bailout legislation in Washington.

 

The Senate Government Management and Cost Study Commission recently released a report showing that further investigation of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) could lead to a potential cost savings of $380 million. An earlier investigation by Auditor General Jack Wagner revealed fraud and abuse that could be corrected. All of this could put the current deficit to rest.

 

Everett says he is hopeful that the lesson being served up by the present economic difficulties will finally be heeded.

 

“This situation continues to be an object lesson in economics, that you cannot propose to spend what you don’t have,” said Everett. “I am hopeful that we will restore sanity to the budget process. Washington also needs this same lesson. Our taxpayers continue to lose patience with the way in which their hard-earned dollars are spent and with the fact that government keeps coming back for even more. It is time that sound reason and judgment become the foundation on which government budgets are built.”

 

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(570) 546-2084
(717) 787-5270

Contact:  Raymond Smith

rsmith@pahousegop.com

(717) 705-1834

Member Site:  RepEverett.com

Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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