Harrisburg – State Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) has been tapped to chair a bipartisan legislative panel created to identify and eliminate unnecessary government spending.
The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee is made up of six senators and six representatives and is authorized to conduct a wide range of research evaluating the operation and performance of state-funded programs and agencies. Senator Mensch previously served as a member of the committee.
The committee appoints an Executive Director responsible for the direction of the committee staff and activities. Recent LBFC reports include Impact of Slots Gaming on the Pennsylvania State Lottery, Pennsylvania’s Continuing Education Program for Professional Educators, and Museum Funding in Pennsylvania.
“There have been few times in the 54-year history of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee when the need to eliminate unnecessary spending has been greater,” said Mensch. “The bipartisan research conducted at the direction LBFC will help identify what’s working in state government and what’s not, with the goal of protecting taxpayers and stretching limited resources to meet essential needs in difficult times.”
Senator Mensch also chairs the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, and is Vice Chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Communications and Technology Committee, the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, and the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. He co-chairs the Senate Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus and is a member of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee.