HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) today attended a joint session of the General Assembly during which Gov. Josh Shapiro presented his state budget proposal for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Kaufer issued the following statement in response to the governor’s $45.8 billion spending plan:
“Gov. Shapiro’s budget address is just the beginning of the budget process. I look forward to working with him and my other colleagues in Harrisburg to pass a budget that addresses the issues affecting people in our community. "I heard several proposals that I can support and have supported, including pocketbook issues like expanding the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program, a bill which I introduced in the previous session, and making it easier to do business in Pennsylvania. “As budget conversations continue, I'm hoping the governor will address the skyrocketing energy prices crippling families across our region, and pull his support from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which will only cause the energy bills of working-class families to further increase.”
The governor’s address is just the beginning of the annual budget process. The House Appropriations Committee will conduct a series of hearings starting Monday, March 20, to examine the details of the governor’s plan and how state departments and agencies are spending their funding. The deadline to adopt a budget is June 30.
Representative Aaron Kaufer
120th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives