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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 16, 2017 11:10 AM
From: Representative Rick Saccone
To: All House members
Subject: Taxpayer's Savings Account: Former HB 2273
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation which reforms Pennsylvania’s budget process to
provide taxpayers with greater accountability for how their money is spent. Unlike families or
companies across the state, the commonwealth when facing tough economic times fails to use cost savings
to balance their respective budget.
Rather than using these savings to address growing expenditures, governors from both parties have
used savings within the General Fund to pay for new expenditures. As a result, cost-savings which
could be directed towards a budget deficit are used for spending which adds to the “cost-to-carry” next
fiscal year.
In order to address the reckless spending embodied by the status-quo in Harrisburg, this legislation
would amend the Administrative Code and outline how cost-savings are handled within the state’s
budget procedures. Under this legislation, any savings which are realized must be reported to the
Budget Secretary. The Budget Secretary is required, within 14 days, to inform the treasury along with
General Assembly about the presence of cost-savings.
After the treasury is notified about the savings by the Budget Secretary, the department is required to
transfer those savings into a restricted account. If a state agency wishes to utilize these savings, the
Budget Secretary must request approval of a waiver by a majority vote in both the Senate and House
Appropriation Committees.
By requiring legislative approval to use savings for new spending, the General Assembly increases fiscal
oversight over state agencies. Additionally, the legislature will limit the ability of governors from both
parties to use savings to increase the cost-to-carry next fiscal year. As a result, the General Assembly
would not only reduce the structural deficit over the long-term, the legislature would provide taxpayers
with better management of their money.
Please join me and co-sponsor these important reforms to Pennsylvania’s budget process

Introduced as HB672