HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement after voting in favor of the 2015-16 state budget:
“The governor continues to push for a $12.7 billion tax increase over the next two years, which the House Democrats and Republicans unanimously rejected earlier this month. The Senate-passed budget reflects the demands of taxpayers I represent in Berks and Schuylkill Counties who have told me time and time again that they do not want to see their taxes increased. Today’s budget vote reflects the realities of a concept that you cannot spend what you do not have.
“The next issue which we need to address is eliminating school property taxes once and for all. Many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle agree that the state needs to find a better way to fund our public schools than our current, 1834 model. I look forward to working with the governor and House and Senate Republicans and Democrats to eliminate school property taxes.”