Grove Appointed to PennSAVE
2/22/2016
Initiative launched to uncover savings in government

HARRISBURG — Under the direction of Chairman Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), the House Majority Policy Committee today launched PennSAVE, a Republican-led initiative to find ways to save taxpayer dollars by cutting government waste and inefficiencies. State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was among the lawmakers appointed by the committee to spearhead the effort.

“Before taxpayers are asked to take a pay cut in order to send more money to Harrisburg, state government first needs to be accountable to taxpayers by ensuring it has explored every practical option for reducing costs,” Benninghoff said. “In a $30.3 billion budget, there are plenty of opportunities to find efficiencies and improve how government works.”

The initiative will be run by a special subcommittee of the House Majority Policy Committee. The group will be researching several potential cost-saving measures across state government including possible state agency and program consolidation; unaddressed audit findings; government procurement policies and “corporate welfare”; as well as overall waste, fraud and system abuse.

“My service on this committee is a continuation of my efforts to stand up for the taxpayers in Harrisburg. Last year, I worked to publish a report that uncovered reckless and unauthorized spending by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration during the budget impasse. I also released a report that identified nearly $800 million of revenue from non-tax sources—money that could be used to increase our already historic investments in education or to address the Commonwealth’s structural deficit. I also worked with state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) to found the bicameral Taxpayer Caucus, which will also work to identify savings and efficiencies in state government. I look forward to working together with my colleagues to continue these efforts. ”

Grove is encouraging residents of the 196th Legislative District to participate in the initiative by submitting ideas and strategies for how to make government more efficient. They can do so by visiting RepGrove.com and selecting the “PennSAVE” banner. The initiative will also include coordination with other state House and Senate committees, as well as the governor’s office and its executive agencies, in order to solicit suggestions.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Media Contact: Eric Reath
717.260.6187
ereath@pahousegop.com
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