— Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Alleghany) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal:
“Today, the governor unveiled his ideal state spending plan; a $33.8 billion budget, with $4.7 billion in new state spending. As proposed, this 16 percent year-over-year increase is almost entirely secured by placing additional tax burdens on individual taxpayers and small businesses. That is unacceptable.
In his budget address to the Legislature, Governor Wolf repeatedly stated that Pennsylvania’s economy is dependent on a strong middle class, yet his spending plan contradicts that very premise. As proposed, Pennsylvania families would see a 21 percent increase in their Personal Income Tax liabilities, a crushing new tax burden to fund an already bloated state government.
I was pleased, however, to see the inclusion of the final phasing out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, as well as the cutting of the state’s Corporate Net Income Tax.
As we formally begin the budget process, I look forward to working with the governor and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a budget that moves Pennsylvania forward, provides high quality educational opportunities for our children, keeps us competitive in the global economy, reduces the size and scope of state government, and does not place additional burdens on middle-class, working families.”
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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