Press Release: PBPC statement about the failure of the pension reform bill and the announcement of a vote on a stop gap budget

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PBPC statement about the failure of the pension reform bill in the PA House and the announcement of a vote tomorrow on a stop gap budget

Stop gap budget will only prolong unacceptable stalemate and freeze funding for education and human services at inadequate levels

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 19, 2015) – Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, made the following statement in response to the failure of the pension reform bill in the state House of Representatives and Majority Leader Dave Reed’s announcement that the House will vote tomorrow on a stop gap budget:

"Pensions are one thing, and a responsible budget is another. Passing a pension reform bill, especially one that has serious problems, should never have been a prerequisite for resolution of the five-month long budget impasse. It does not produce any savings for the Commonwealth this year, and very little savings over the long term.

"So, the defeat of the pension bill is no reason for House leadership to fail to bring appropriations and tax bills to the floor that carry out the bipartisan budget agreement. The Senate-passed appropriations bill provides much needed funding for education and human services. The House should pass it. The tax bill under discussion in the House would provide the revenues needed to pay for that funding. It’s time for the House to pass it and send it to the Senate.

"A stop gap budget will only prolong this unacceptable stalemate and freeze funding for education and human services at inadequate levels. House leaders should stop this nonsense tomorrow and do what they keep promising to do -- pass a responsible budget and tax plan."