In his last state budget as a state lawmaker, Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) voted ‘no’ on the spending plan passed by the General Assembly and now heading to the governor’s desk.
“While this budget does some good things like putting more money into education, paying back over $2 billion in prior budget borrowing and putting $2.1 billion more into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing total savings to $5 billion, it increases spending in other areas that are not sustainable,” said Ryan.
“The Commonwealth received over $26 million in federal COVID-19 relief this year, which pumped up our numbers and left us with a surplus, but that money will not be here in the future when more revenue will be sorely needed. Pennsylvania families are already feeling the pain of rising inflation and the state’s Independent Fiscal Office is predicting tough times in our financial future. Now is no time to raise the bar on state spending,” he said.
Ryan said he voted for changes in the Tax Code bill that will provide long-term benefits but said he remains extraordinarily concerned about the long-term financial viability of the Commonwealth. He offered the following remarks on why he could not support this budget.
Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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