Governor Shapiro Calls for Record State Spending of  Billion to Aid Pennsylvania

Governor Shapiro Calls for Record State Spending of $48 Billion to Aid Pennsylvania

Governor Shapiro Calls for Record State Spending of  Billion to Aid Pennsylvania

(WHTM) — With the state budget deadline approaching, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro is asking Pennsylvanians to invest in their state, and the amount he’s asking for is unprecedented.

The state budget is due June 30 and Governor Shapiro is calling on the state to increase its budget to more than $48 billion, where he plans to invest in public schools, higher education, public transportation and more. He maintains that fixing these long-neglected sectors will pay off in the future.

“Now is the time to invest in Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said. “Now is the time to invest if we want to compete and win. And I’ll tell you one thing: As your governor, I’m fiercely competitive. I want to win every time. “I want us to be number one.”

Pennsylvania spending surpassed $20 billion for the first time in 2000 under Governor Tom Ridge, and Governor Shapiro’s request is intended to eclipse it. While the governor promises the record request will be a quality investment in the state, critics call it an unnecessary expense.

“My personal belief for many, many years is that decisions that were made thinking that they were just going to solve problems by simply investing more money is not the way to do it,” said Rep. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster). “I think there are many areas of state government that need drastic reform to achieve efficiency and results.”

Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) said, “We don’t have printing presses to print more money like they have in Washington, D.C., and I have never found it growing in a garden in South County New York. or in a tree and on the northern level.”

However, Republicans have controlled the Senate for most of Pennsylvania’s modern history and have approved that spending.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the $20 billion requested in 2000, adjusted for inflation, is $36.6 billion. This is still well short of $48 billion, and whether or not the extra money will be spent is at the heart of the budget clash.

“As we know, education was underfunded for a long time,” said Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-West Chester). “Now we are trying to fund it properly, like the Constitution says we should do.”

“We need to do a better job of living within our means,” Phillips-Hill continued. “I think people are better off with their own money, in their own pockets.”

“For too long we have been left behind because people had a narrow view of things,” added Governor Shapiro. “They were playing small ball. I’m ready to play in the championship. That’s what we have to play in Pennsylvania. And to achieve this, we have to invest.”