– After Gov. Tom Wolf today delivered his final annual state budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate, local state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) issued the following statement:
“While I’m concerned about the governor’s aggressive overall spending approach, I think we should be able to find some common ground on issues that are important to a variety of Pennsylvanians.
“As secretary of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I will as always take a special interest in programs and services tailored to meet the specific needs of the men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“I am committed to preserving the money we set aside in the state’s version of a savings account known as the Rainy Day Fund.
“The governor’s proposal is an opening offer in a long-term negotiation. The House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings to look at the specifics of the proposal and identify ways to improve some parts while trimming others. The final product will look substantially different from what the governor outlined today.”