Sonney Issues Opinion on State Budget
State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) issued the following statement on the heels of passage of a state budget for fiscal year 2010-11:
“While I applaud leadership for getting the budget done on time with a spend number that was $1 billion less than Governor Ed Rendell originally proposed, I voted no on the proposal because of the bad example it sets for our constituents.
“No one I know would plan to make major purchases contingent on winning the State Lottery. That is what we are doing by crafting a budget that is dependent on $850 million in Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentages (FMAP) money. If Congress fails to approve those funds, we suddenly have a huge hole to fill and will be in crisis mode, trying to find an impromptu source of revenue.
“It is a simple fact that we could have done better for the people of Pennsylvania in doing as they must when facing financial difficulty by significantly tightening our belts, relying less on debt and one-time transfers and being better stewards of the taxpayer dollar.”
Rep. Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Scott B. Little
House Republican Public Relations