Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) issued the following statement in response to passage of a $31.99 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18:
“This is a good first step. It’s a mixed bag, and I’m glad we locked in the lowest growth in government spending in several years. Education funding is increased. We created a new line item for our drug courts and protected the Department of Aging from being absorbed by Department of Human Services.
“We still have a long way to go in revenue negotiations. I remain opposed to broad-based or natural gas tax increases. We cannot burden the hard-working taxpayers of Pennsylvania.
“My colleagues and I remain committed to reinventing state government. I don't like starting with the spend, but we cannot continue to just carry-over costs and keep raising taxes. This plan helps move us in a new direction and starts a positive change with the smallest growth in years.”
For more information on the 2017-18 state budget, go to www.pahousegop.com
The 57th Legislative District includes the following Westmoreland County communities: the city of Greensburg; the townships of Hempfield (part) and Salem; and the boroughs of Delmont, Hunker, New Stanton, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg and Youngwood.
?Representative Eric Nelson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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