HARRISBURG – Rep. Bud Cook (R-Greene/Washington) issued the following statement after voting against passage of a $45.5 billion state budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year:
“When I was first elected, the state had enough emergency funds to operate for about three days. Over the years, we have worked hard to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and build up the Rainy Day Fund to $5 billion. With economists continuing to predict turbulent times ahead, now is not the time to abandon that responsibility.
“The budget adopted today in the state House represents an increase in spending of 6%. It spends more than we expect to bring in and does nothing to address the long-term fiscal stability of the Commonwealth. Families cannot afford to spend this way. Business owners cannot afford to spend this way. Government absolutely cannot and should not spend this way.”
Representative Bud Cook
50th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives