Common Sense Caucus Advocates Controlled Spending in 2018-19 State Budget
HARRISBURG – With the state budget process soon to begin, members of the Common Sense Caucus (CSC), a group of 18 rank-and-file Republican members from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, are calling on negotiators to control spending and hold the line on taxes.

Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) presented the CSC’s message at a Capitol news conference on Thursday in advance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“You can’t spend more than you take in. That’s basic economics, but in our annual struggle to balance the budget, we frequently overestimate revenues and underestimate expenditures,” said Schemel. “At a minimum, spending should never outpace growth. Pennsylvania’s spending has been rising faster than growth. This means that taxpayers will not only have to pay more in taxes, but taxes will increasingly consume a greater percentage of their income.”

CSC members plan to be engaged in the budget process by being active in committee, speaking with other members individually, and pushing for legislative budget solutions.

“The Common Sense Caucus will be there to participate, to advocate and, most importantly, to vote. We are a strong block of voters committed to controlling spending, and we are growing in number,” Schemel added.

To view the news conference video click here.

Other CSC members in attendance included Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-York), Seth Grove (R-York), Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland), Brett Miller (R-Lancaster), Dan Moul (R-Adams), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), Mike Tobash (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) and Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster).

Representative Paul Schemel
90th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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