Watson Expresses Concern for Children in New State Budget Proposal
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks/144th) issued the following statement after the governor released his budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
“Budgeting is all about priorities, and I am glad the governor is taking seriously the message from Pennsylvanians that they cannot afford higher taxes. Our residents are simply tapped out. I am intrigued by his plan that keeps spending in check and finds significant cost savings, while responsibly funding the core functions of government.
“However, he has put forth a rather ambitious plan to merge four different agencies into one larger department, and while I agree with streamlining services and programs and making sure that every dollar is used to its maximum benefit, I cannot help but have concerns about the long-term impact, especially on children and families.
“As chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, I want to see every detail of this proposed merger to ensure that children are not falling through the cracks. I am hopeful that when we examine all the details of the merger, we can be relatively certain that children and families are being served as best as they can.”
Representative Kathy Watson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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