Senator Scott Hutchinson issued the following statement on the proposed $33.2 billion General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 that Governor Tom Wolf unveiled before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday.
“My initial reaction is that I am pleased that the Governor has trimmed his sails a little bit, but he is still asking for more taxes and that is concerning to me. We are spending too much money. We are spending faster than the rate of inflation and there are taxes proposed in here that I think are bad for the job climate in Pennsylvania.
“With that being said, I am pleased that there is a new focus on career and technical education as well as job partnerships to help people improve themselves, to get the kind of jobs that are available today. Apprenticeships are a great way to train our young people and so I am happy to see that. But, we do have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks.
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