HARRISBURG – Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) today cast a no vote on House Bill 1192, legislation that establishes state funding priorities for fiscal year 2015-16. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 112 to 77 in favor of the measure.
The $30.18 billion spending plan represents a $1 billion, or 3.6 percent, increase over the current fiscal year. It also holds the line on taxes while continuing to fund the core functions of state government.
McGinnis issued the following statement regarding his vote:
“I voted nay on the General Appropriations bill because, once again, it is not a balanced budget, as is the constitutional requirement. The serious underfunding of the pensions continues to be a tactic that grows the unfunded liabilities of the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), placing increased debt on Pennsylvanians. I cannot justify voting for new expenditures when we haven’t properly addressed those left unpaid from the past 15 years.”
McGinnis is the prime sponsor of House Bill 900, legislation that would eliminate the Commonwealth’s massive public pension debt by making fixed annual contributions over a 20-year period.
House Bill 1192 now moves to the Senate for consideration, with the expectation it will arrive on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk before the June 30 budget deadline.
For more information on McGinnis and his legislative priorities, visit RepMcGinnis.com
Representative John McGinnis
79th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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