Governor’s budget veto not in Pennsylvania’s best interest

Gene Barr says governor’s budget veto not in Pennsylvania’s best interest.
Gene Barr says governor’s budget veto not in Pennsylvania’s best interest. | Courtesy of Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr issued a statement Wednesday following Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the General Assembly-approved $30.18-billion budget for 2015-16, expressing disappointment and addressing the business community’s key concerns.

“We are disappointed that the governor has chosen to veto the legislature’s responsible spending plan and continues to advocate for increased taxes," Barr said. "Despite receiving a budget that closes the structural deficit, makes the highest state investment in education in commonwealth history and increases state spending by more than $1 billion, the governor has renewed his calls for a budget that raises taxes to fund even more state spending. The reality is that the Wolf administration’s proposed tax increases do not have the support of the General Assembly -- which was demonstrated on the House floor early last month when the proposal garnered zero votes. As negotiations proceed, we urge the Wolf administration to put aside their tax increase proposal and support a budget that improves Pennsylvania’s economic climate and promotes job growth.”