Harrisburg – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) released a statement following the state House’s approval of emergency funding:
“As members of the General Assembly, we continue to do our job to ensure that taxpayers’ money being collected by Harrisburg is returned to schools and communities. Implementing this emergency funding plan is our best option to help fund our schools and human services organizations that are being hit hard by the loss of state funds. This is an opportunity to keep that money flowing back to our communities while we forge a compromise.
“The reality is – we have a long way to go in our negotiations. As part of that, we respect that the Governor has some very deeply held principles, just as we hope he respects ours. However, there is no good explanation for withholding the taxpayer money already paid to Harrisburg from our communities.
“We recognize that the impacts on our communities are very real. Social service agencies are taking out loans, community groups are cutting services and school districts are talking about closing.
“We call on Gov. Wolf to put aside the rhetoric and join us in providing emergency funding for our schools and community organizations while a final budget agreement continues to be negotiated. We challenge him to sign the emergency funding and use his line-item veto to cut any appropriation he views as non-essential including funding for a state agency or the General Assembly.”