Snyder: Inadequate state budget deserves veto

Lawmaker says this budget fails on school funding, property tax relief

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the spending plan passed Saturday largely along party lines in the state House fails on measures crucial to Pennsylvanians – education funding and property tax relief.

“Pennsylvanians want a state budget that makes education a priority while providing statewide property tax relief,” Snyder said. “The proposal passed Saturday repeats the last four years of failed strategies. It deserves an immediate veto.”

Snyder said House Democrats were not included in the formulation of the spending plan that she voted against and Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto.

“Pennsylvanians want real property tax relief and education funding that works,” Snyder said. “Yet, this budget fails at both.”

Snyder said the plan, which now heads to the state Senate, provides one-quarter of the funding needed to begin restoring cuts to public education.

“It also is bereft of property tax relief needed so desperately by the middle class and older Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “I lament the time lost on this partisan attempt, and look forward to sitting down and crafting a serious plan to address the needs of the 50th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania.”