Mensch: Senate Ready to Review Governor’s State Budget Request

Harrisburg –Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) and fellow members of the Senate Appropriations Committee are set to begin reviewing the $34.1 billion state budget proposed today by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes a $927.3 million (2.8 percent) increase in state spending from the current fiscal year.

“I’m pleased that Governor Wolf is not requesting any broad-based tax increases for Pennsylvanians. We need to continue focusing on ways to improve the efficiency of our government,” said Mensch.

 “We have begun to implement performance-based budgeting measures though legislation I authored, Act 48 of 2017, and these measures go beyond simply setting spending levels. Instead, it develops measures to grade the outcomes of expenditures for state agencies and tax credit programs,” he said. “With such measurements, we can eliminate unnecessary spending and adjust programs to achieve their stated purpose. I look forward to utilizing these performance measures and working with the state departments during the budget hearings.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a three-week series of Departmental Budget Hearings beginning on February 19. The hearings provide an opportunity for the Appropriations Committee to hear cabinet secretaries and other Administration officials detail their plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The state’s current fiscal year ends on June 30.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch

 

CONTACT: Mark Fetzko, mfetzko@pasen.gov, 717-787-3110