HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) and other Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this year adopted a stabilizing budget to fund the state government through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. After evaluating the ways the pandemic has affected state revenues, Masser and his colleagues in the state House today approved a bipartisan balanced budget that would fund state government through the end of the fiscal year in June without adding any new state debt, creating any new taxes or raising any existing taxes. Masser released the following statement after the vote:
“This plan provides the funding our state government needs without placing any additional burdens on Pennsylvania taxpayers. This budget is balanced without new taxes or borrowing, which is good news for taxpayers now and in the future. Debt and borrowing in one budget often leads to tax hikes in future budgets, so this plan protects taxpayers this year and for years to come.
“The budget also leaves money in the state’s version of an emergency savings account, which can be used to help fund programs and services without raising taxes. We are using the resources we have to fund the core functions of state government through the end of the fiscal year in June.”
Representative Kurt A. Masser
Pennsylvania House of Representatives