Here we go again, a budget impasse.
The governor has made at least two compromising attempts, but the Republican leadership is firm on “no increase in taxes.” Many of their constituents agree, feeling that “the government” should come up with more money or cut “something.”
Not to be too obvious, but “the government” provides funds for needed services almost exclusively through taxes. Schools, bridges, roads and health services must have more money to operate properly and smoothly. Cuts to “something” mean less money for vital state needs, especially schools and health care, in its various forms. Continuing to operate a state deficit also leads to greater expenses as interest payments mount.
The governor has proposed cutting property taxes; isn’t that enough for those who abhor taxes without thinking about their impact on improving the lives of everyone in the commonwealth? Our legislators, led by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, need to stop blocking the budget for political gain and put the residents of the state first in seeing to the service needs of the commonwealth.