Oct. 20, 2015

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) issued this statement after receiving confirmation that Gov. Tom Wolf would be making a visit to Connellsville today to defend his requested tax increases to city council members.

“The governor’s planned visit today begs the question, why is he in Connellsville campaigning while I am in Harrisburg working to bring this budget impasse to an end?

“During his visit, albeit politically motivated, I hope our governor takes the time to stop by the Connellsville School District, which was forced to borrow $9.5 million just to keep their doors open. I hope he stops by the Connellsville Senior Center, which is using every means available to continue serving residents. Perhaps during his visit, the governor will explain why he repeatedly vetoed funding that would have eased the burden they’re experiencing. 

“It’s time to make middle-class Pennsylvanians our priority, not our political pawns. How many people have to be impacted before Gov. Wolf gets off the campaign trail and comes to the table with real, meaningful solutions?

“Pennsylvania will not prosper as long as politicians have the mentality that taking more money from hard-working people is the answer to our budget shortfalls. Until we trim every ounce of fat from state government, there should be no talk of a tax increase.

“If I may, Gov. Wolf, it is time to end the campaign and get serious about governing. Pennsylvania deserves leadership, not rhetoric. The residents of Fayette and Westmoreland counties cannot afford status quo. They need real budget solutions, not higher taxes. They also need a governor, and not another politician.”

Representative Ryan Warner
52nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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