James Says Budget Address Marks Beginning of Negotiation
HARRISBURG – Following the governor’s budget address today in Harrisburg before a joint session of the state House and Senate, Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) compared the proposal with an initial offer in a months-long negotiation process.

“Today’s proposal marks the beginning, not the end, of this process,” James said. “The Legislature will review the governor’s proposal, make changes as appropriate and work with the administration to deliver a balanced, on-time budget for the people of Pennsylvania.”

The governor’s proposal calls for nearly $30 billion in spending, which would represent an increase of nearly $1 billion compared to the existing state budget.

The proposal calls for more than $10.6 billion in education spending. That would represent an increase of more than $360 million above the current state budget.

“We are currently spending more state dollars on education than at any time in the Commonwealth’s history,” James said. “The governor’s budget proposal would build on that record level of commitment to our students, teachers and parents.”

State House and Senate Appropriations committees will begin a series of hearings to dig deeper into the details of the governor’s budget proposal, which will provide legislators with valuable information to craft a final budget bill.

“A lot can change between now and the June 30 budget deadline,” James said. “We need to make sure the final budget plan is in line with revenue collections and adequately represents the reality of our fiscal outlook. Legislators in the House and Senate will work together to craft a final budget bill that reflects the priorities of the people we are elected to represent.”

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
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