Vogel: Gov. Shapiro’s Record-Spending Budget Proposal Puts PA in a Difficult Position for the Future

HARRISBURG – Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) released the following statement regarding Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 state budget address:

“The governor has shown blatant disregard toward Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars as he bolstered his record-spending, $48.3 billion budget proposal – all while not sharing how he plans to pay for these increases and putting our commonwealth in a difficult position when approaching balancing future state budgets.

“With our communities already experiencing financial hardships due to high costs and inflation, what the governor is proposing would continue to burden Pennsylvanians and our employers with potential future program cuts and broad-based tax increases.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and an advocate for fiscal responsibility, I remain committed to joining my Senate colleagues in examining the governor’s budget proposal more closely and help create more efficient solutions that would enable us to continue to protect Pennsylvania jobs and empower Pennsylvania families while being mindful of how we spend their hard-earned money.”

Additional budget comments made by Vogel can be viewed here.

Click here to view Senate Republican Leadership budget response.

The Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee will begin their budget hearings on Tuesday, February 20, at 9 a.m., starting with the Independent Fiscal Office. The full Senate budget hearing schedule can be viewed here.


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