Dramatic across-the-board increases in spending presented in the 2022-23 state budget would be detrimental to Pennsylvania’s future fiscal health, according to Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin), who voted against the measure.
The House and Senate advanced a $42.8 billion spending plan that represents a $3 billion increase from the previous year’s approved budget. Lewis expressed frustration that the Legislature would increase expenditures so much when taxpayers are facing record-high gas prices and sticker shock in consumer goods.
“While we had federal stimulus revenue to use this year, I’m very much aware those dollars will dry up after the one-time infusion. It is irresponsible to increase funding for agencies and programs when we know that level of spending will not be sustainable in the future,” Lewis said. “I appreciate that this budget takes steps to reduce the Corporate Net Income Tax rate, but it doesn’t go far enough to help working Pennsylvanians.”
The House passed the budget Thursday and sent it to the Senate for a concurrence vote, which would tee it up for Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature.
Representative Andrew Lewis
105th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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