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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2020 09:49 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Budget Halt, Compensation Halt
Every fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Governor must work together to pass a state budget for Pennsylvania. The Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate receive the Governor’s Executive Budget and must hold hearings to review Pennsylvania agency requests for funds. The General Assembly then makes its decisions on the budget through the General Appropriation Bill and individual appropriations bills.  Once the appropriation bills are passed by the legislature, they are presented to the governor for approval and once signed the budget cycle is complete.
Although the process seems to be straightforward, there are times when the state budget is not passed on time. When this occurs, we, as elected officials, are failing the people we work for and causing them to lose trust in us and in their government. Due to this repetitive hindrance, I plan on introducing a bill that will suspend the pay of the General Assembly, the Governor, the Lt. Governor, and the Cabinet Secretaries should a budget not be enacted by the June 30th deadline.
This bill will signal to the Pennsylvanians that elected us to represent them that we stand with them, not above them by not putting our interests ahead of their own. Please join me in supporting this commonsense piece of legislation.