James Sees Potential in Governor’s Budget Proposal
HARRISBURG – Following Gov. Tom Corbett’s appearance on Tuesday before a joint session of the state House and Senate to deliver his budget proposal, Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) issued the following statement:

“I support the overall goals outlined today of holding the line on spending, investing in the key functions of government and improving the Commonwealth’s economic climate.

“The governor introduced a number of innovative proposals today and in the past week. In addition to the traditional state budget, the governor made references to a comprehensive transportation funding proposal, plans to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery, and an initiative to deal with the impending crisis related to the Commonwealth’s two public pension plans.

“I am committed to working with my colleagues to adopt an on-time, balanced state budget that provides funding for core functions of government while respecting the needs of taxpayers.

“There is an old saying that everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. In a similar vein, everyone wants good roads and bridges, but few people have been willing to pay more to get them. As we move forward, part of the discussion will be whether or not there is enough public support for the governor’s transportation funding proposal or if there may be a more attractive alternative.

“There is little doubt that we must take some action to address the public pension issue. The governor has put forth his proposal. The Legislature will now review it and consider any alternatives that may be available to address this problem.

“Today was about broad concepts. The weeks and months ahead will be about the details involved with each of these proposals and identifying ways to improve upon the framework that was laid out by the governor. I look forward to learning more details about the budget proposal through the House committee hearings that will be held beginning later this month.”

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing
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