Everett: Budget Process Begins with Corbett Address
HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s annual budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly:

“Today the Governor presented the General Assembly and the taxpayers of Pennsylvania with a budget proposal that is a bit more optimistic than those of the previous two years, but it is still very evident that we face serious challenges ahead.

“With major policy items like pension reform, transportation funding and liquor privatization intertwined with this year’s budget, we need to take a serious look at the whole proposal to determine an approach to these issues that best serves the people of Pennsylvania – both now and in the future.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be taking an active role in budget hearings that will begin Tuesday, Feb. 19, and conclude Thursday, March 7. Each entity will have a full and fair hearing, with concurrent hearings being conducted by the Senate as well.
“The ultimate goal is to reach a final budget that the House, Senate and Governor can agree to before June 30, which will fund the needs of the Commonwealth in a fiscally responsible manner.

“The plan put forward by the administration is only the start of a deliberate process. We still face a difficult economy that has had little growth, so the challenges are huge. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to achieve the best possible budget for our residents.”

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

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
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