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Mackenzie: Tough Budget Lies Ahead, But Right Priorities Emphasized
HARRISBURG – In what promises to be a very challenging and contentious budget cycle, Gov. Tom Corbett started the conversation in right direction by focusing attention on the correct priorities, according to Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh).

“What we heard from the governor is that the state budget should be focused on creating jobs, strengthening education and protecting taxpayers, and I strongly agree,” said Mackenzie. “Getting there will be the hard part. Much of what the governor has proposed is dependent on legislators successfully coming to agreement on other issues, such as pension reform and liquor privatization. Doing so is not impossible, but it won’t be easy.”

Pennsylvania faces a projected budget deficit of nearly $1.4 billion. Pension costs are largely responsible, contributing $600 million to the shortfall. Another culprit is the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, whose implementation is expected to cost the Commonwealth almost $220 million this year.

“Clearly, with a deficit of this magnitude, we must be careful not to overpromise on what we can deliver,” said Mackenzie. “I am encouraged that the governor has proposed to address the issue by reining in spending and emphasizing the right priorities, not raising taxes.”

Included in those priorities is s a strong commitment to education. Mackenzie applauded the governor’s proposal to boost funding for pre-kindergarten programs by $10 million and to increase the special education subsidy by $20 million, the first such increase in six years. Mackenzie also backed the governor’s plan for an additional $24.2 million to fund programs to aid those who have intellectual disabilities and autism.

Though Mackenzie underscored that tough budget decisions will have to be made, he expressed optimism that the budget cycle will offer lawmakers the opportunity to craft innovative solutions and enact policies that will strengthen the Commonwealth over the long term.

“When families or businesses have to do more with less and live within their means, they soon discover more cost-effective and efficient ways to go about doing things,” said Mackenzie. “They also focus on what really deserves attention. The same is true for state government. Our fiscal challenges offer us a unique opportunity to reform government and improve how we provide and deliver services.”

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Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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