Grove Statement on Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Outlook
11/16/2016
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) said he found the Independent Fiscal Office’s recently released gloomy five-year Economic and Budget Outlook shocking.

In response to the report and its findings, Grove released the following statement:

“Yesterday, the Economic and Budget Outlook released by the IFO for the next five years provides a startling and rough assessment of the Commonwealth’s fiscal state. Based on the projection, Pennsylvania is facing a $500 million shortfall due to failing revenue projections this fiscal year and an approximate $1.7 billion budget deficit in 2017. Despite the passage of massive tax increases on hard-working Pennsylvanians, the IFO stated that the long-term deficit remains unchanged.

“Although some people next year will argue the only way to balance the state’s budget will be to increase broad-based taxes, the report clearly demonstrates Pennsylvania’s budget woes come from spending increasing faster than revenues. Unless Pennsylvania reforms its fiscal affairs and spending for our four primary cost drivers, the state will move down the same path as Illinois.

“I look forward to joining my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus and the Taxpayers’ Caucus to reform government that protects taxpayers and moves Pennsylvania forward.”

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Greg Gross
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