HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) voted against the $32 billion state spending package voted on by the Senate, calling it backwards from how families and businesses plan their own budgets.
“Today, the legislature decided how much money taxpayers should spend before figuring out a way to pay for it all – that’s completely irresponsible and backwards from the way families craft budgets around a kitchen table,” Wagner said, who voted against last year’s state budget package for similar reasons.
The state budget package includes over $50 million in new state spending despite having a budget deficit in excess of $2 billion. Without a plan to address the costs in this year’s state budget, Wagner is concerned this budget could further harm the state’s financial footing and that credit rating agencies may downgrade the state’s credit rating.
“The state is playing a very dangerous game of chicken with the major financial rating agencies. The pension ‘reform’ bill is said to have no impact on whether or not the state gets downgraded and this spending plan only further complicates our fiscal stability.”
Senator Wagner’s comments during consideration of House Bill 218
Senator Wagner’s reaction following the Senate vote of House Bill 218
Listen to Senator Wagner’s reaction following the Senate vote of House Bill 218.