Senator Hutchinson to Chair Senate Finance Committee

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati today selected Senator Scott Hutchinson to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the upcoming 2017-18 Legislative Session.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Finance Committee,” Senator Hutchinson said. “We consider a number of tax bills each session and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the members of the committee to review these pieces of legislation to ensure that they are in the best interest of the Commonwealth and the people of Pennsylvania.”

Senator Hutchinson served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee during the 2015-16 Legislative Session and previously served on the House Finance Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

Senator Hutchinson said that he has targeted economic development and job growth as his legislative priorities as Finance Chairman. The state tax code and the mix of revenues which fund state government are the main purviews of the Finance Committee.  As such, comparisons of the types, provisions, and mixes of taxes with other locations are key components of job competitiveness and business investment.

“We need to look for ways to make Pennsylvania more competitive in the national and international marketplace,” he said. “We must find ways to promote business opportunities that lead to job creation.”

Contact:          Justin Leventry           (717) 787-9684           jleventry@pasen.gov