Jun. 25, 2019

Media: A video of Rep. Schemel’s comments about the budget can be found at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MUnkJaXv10&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2qwQe3jmDJ3X7yypSyYlHS6rtyY5N9zoID2gG_GYwEp8Tqz2WxaYK5uaE

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The House today passed a $33.997 billion spending plan as the General Appropriations portion of the state budget. The legislation will now be taken up by the state Senate.

The General Appropriations bill passed on a 140-62 vote. Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin, was a “no” vote on the bill and released the following statement:

“This budget increases spending $596 million over the previous year. It commits the Commonwealth to spending at a rate in excess of the rate of growth and inflation.

This chart demonstrates how far out of whack our addiction to spending is. If we cannot control spending when times are good, what will we do when the economy is less favorable? I opposed this budget proposal because I made a principled commitment to keep spending in check.”